The Itch to Escalate the Syrian Civil War

by Paul R. Pillar The complicated, multidimensional nature of the Syrian civil war continues to discourage clear thinking in debate about U.S. policy toward Syria. The involvement in the conflict of multiple protagonists who are each anathema to the American… Continue Reading  

No, Turkey 2016 is not Iran 1979

by Eldar Mamedov In a flurry of the articles written in the aftermath of the failed coup aftermath in Turkey, some analysts argued that the victorious Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will now launch a wholesale Islamization of the country.… Continue Reading  

Neocons Still Demanding Regime Change in Iran

by Jim Lobe The Israeli political leadership, with some notable exceptions, appears to have reduced its all-out efforts to derail the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran in hopes of cadging a new 10-year, $50-billion… Continue Reading  

Dennis Ross: Blame America First!

by Ali Gharib The excerpt from former Obama administration official Dennis Ross’s new book, which ran recently in Politico Magazine, is a remarkable document. The excerpt is headlined “How Obama Got to ‘Yes’ on Iran: The Inside Story,” but that’s… Continue Reading  

Top Ten Ways That Iran Hawks Became Their Own Worst Enemies

by Eli Clifton Opponents of the agreement negotiated by the U.S. and its European allies to limit Iran’s nuclear program haven’t yet given up. There’s still a likelihood that “poison pills” will be introduced in forthcoming legislation designed to win… Continue Reading