Iran Torn on Syria

by Alireza Nader via USIP Iran has mixed feelings and conflicting interests in the Syrian crisis. Tehran has a strategic interest in opposing chemical weapons due to its own horrific experience during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. For years, President… Continue Reading  

More on Iran’s Syria Policy

by Jasmin Ramsey Related to my earlier post on surprising statements from what’s believed to be Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s English Twitter account is Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s condemnation of foreign military intervention Syria, which Omid Memarian suggests I… Continue Reading  

Has Iran’s Position on Syria Changed?

by Jasmin Ramsey *This post has been updated. Jim refuses to join Twitter, but today Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani provided him with another reason to reconsider: Iran gives notice to international community to use all its might to prevent use… Continue Reading  

Obama Should “Resist the Call” to Intervene in Syria

by Robert E. Hunter via IPS News But what I think the American people also expect me to do as president is to think through what we do from the perspective of, what is in our long-term national interests?…Sometimes what… Continue Reading  

Syria: Pressure for US Military Action Rising Ominously

by Wayne White A sampling of the May 5 American Sunday talk shows demonstrated graphically the intense pressure mounting on the White House to move forward with potentially risky military options aimed at hastening the end of the crisis in… Continue Reading