Bahrain and “Iranian-Backed Terrorism”

by Emile Nakhleh In a recent article, Matthew Levitt and Michael Knights of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) highlighted Iranian support of “terrorism” in Bahrain and suggested a future path for the country “balancing security and human… Continue Reading  

Think Tanks Beg: Give Us War

by Hannah Gais Hillary Clinton’s impassioned defense of a no-fly zone in Syria last Wednesday may not have won her many friends in certain wings of the Democratic Party, but it spoke to at least one group: America’s foreign policy… Continue Reading  

For the Middle East, It’s the Center for American Regress

by Jim Lobe Last week, I featured a new Atlantic Council report by former Stimson Center president Ellen Laipson in which she argued that the nuclear deal with Iran—and the opportunities for future cooperation with Tehran that it opened up—required… Continue Reading  

Our Hardliners Are Still Helping Iran’s Hardliners

by Paul R. Pillar The unrelenting urge among American politicians to keep punishing Iran—or more precisely, to be seen supporting steps with that objective—continues to work against sensible statecraft and U.S. interests in multiple respects. One of those respects concerns… Continue Reading  

Overblown Claims about Hezbollah in Latin America

by Michael LaSusa  Most experts who study security issues in Latin America believe that crime—and in particular, organized crime—represents the greatest threat to national and citizen security in the region. And according to widely cited public opinion surveys, many Latin… Continue Reading