AfPak Insider Dissects Obama’s Policy Missteps

by Robert E. Hunter Publication this month of Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat, could not have been better timed. The US and the NATO allies are in the process of disengaging from Afghanistan — however… Continue Reading  

“The fall of Assad will be a blow to Iran”

by Jasmin Ramsey We’ve been hearing that line, or variations of it, since people in the US began taking the uprising in Syria seriously. But what exactly does that statement mean? It sounds simple enough: the leadership in Syria and… Continue Reading  

Vali Nasr Again

Next steps for a U.S.-Iranian deal are prescribed by Vali Nasr, writing again for Bloomberg. He notes that the “window for negotiations is narrow” while making bold recommendations in the context of the constrained environment President Obama has gotten himself into.… Continue Reading  

Things Are Getting Very Serious – Vali Nasr

When I was in Tehran last May, I was assured by a number of apparently well-connected journalists that the Nasr family had a direct line into Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s inner circle. As a result, I always pay close… Continue Reading  

Iran needs to be Squeezed and Ahmadinejad needs to go

In case you missed these Iran-related talking points last week… Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that “Iran is very vulnerable in the oil sector, and it is there that more could be done… Continue Reading