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One of the lessons of statecraft is that mistakes tend to compound themselves. Good options disappear and bad ones proliferate. The hole is dug deeper because desperation convinc...(full article)

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...(full article)

During Iran’s 2013 presidential campaign, Hassan Rouhani marketed himself to a wary Iranian public and hard-line political establishment as the man who could reconcile the id...(full article)

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s arm...(full article)

The two countries need each other, in a relationship that seems unlikely to be derailed soon....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Beware of the MEK - Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest

The MEK is a cult-like dissident group, based outside of Iran, primarily in Iraq and France for much of the past three decades. It was considered a terrorist group by the United St...

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too.  Another way fo...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Iran's Persecution of Baha'i Goes Beyond the Grave - S. Eskandarian, NP

It’s not difficult for me to remember the horrible days of hardship I experienced as a Baha’i teenager, living in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 1980s. As a member of the Baha’i ...

Because of Gaza, Iran & Hamas Are Back Together - Kay Serjoie, Time

Iran and Hamas were once tightly allied, but the Syrian war drove them apart. Now, after the Gaza conflict, the two sides are making up....

If We Must Work with Iran v. ISIS, So Be It - Malcolm Rifkind, Telegraph

As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option....

Iran's Supreme Leader Is Loving the Ferguson Protests - Reid Standish, FP

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rarely skips an opportunity to bash the United States. The tense standoff in Ferguson, Miss., is giving him a new chance to enga...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

Khamenei: Negotiations with U.S. Are Futile - Reza Nejad, IranWire

In a speech to prominent diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that he firmly believes further negotiations ...

Are Iran and the U.S. Partners Now? - Walter Russell Mead, Am. Interest

America and Iran both want Maliki out of power in Iraq. Does that make them strategic partners in the Middle East?...

Iran's New Gay Executions - Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

Conservatives may be the ones voicing the loudest outrage at the hanging of two gay Iranian men -- but not because they’ve suddenly become supporters of LGBT human rights....

Why Iran Fears Iraq's Kurds - Marjan Namazi, The Daily Beast

Shamkhani is a moderate military figure and usually appears in public wearing civilian clothes, but when he met Barzani he was dressed in full navy uniform. “I intentionally me...

Obama's Foreign Policy Failures - Hillary Clinton, The Weekly Standard

I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest edi...

Why Iran Drags Its Feet - Reuel Marc Gerecht & Mark Dubowitz, Wash Post

No one should be surprised if the supreme leader doesn’t allow negotiations to drag on beyond November, the new deadline, even if the West offers more economic relief. If talks e...

Surviving the Summer of Global Chaos - James Jay Carafano, Nat'l Interest

If Obama really plans to come back from the beach with real long-term plans, he needs to address Iraq, as well as other foreign policy obstacles, in the context of relations with T...

Pity America's Friends - James Kirchick, National Review

Guiding the administration’s hands-off approach to everything in the Middle East (everything, that is, except the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) is the desire to forge accommo...

What in the World Was John Kerry Thinking? - Michael Doran, Mosaic

By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East....

What Would Hamas Do if It Could? - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

It is, in my opinion, a dereliction of responsibility on the part of progressives not to try to understand the goals and beliefs of Islamist totalitarian movements....

Rounding Up Journalists in Iran - New York Times

For all the hints of a thaw in Iran’s hard-line behavior since President Hassan Rouhani took office, the government’s oppression of working journalists has continued un...

Hamas Returns to the Resistance Axis - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

Notwithstanding Larijani's characterization from March, however, there are changes in how Iran will deal now with Hamas. If the Gaza war is the obligatory portal for reconstituting...

Hamas & Iran Are a Threat to Palestinians - Sayeh Hassan, Ottawa Citizen

Why did Hamas instigate this war by firing hundreds of missiles and mortar shells in the weeks before Israel launched its operation? Why is Hamas continuing to launch missiles desp...

Iran Is the Arsonist of Gaza - Bob Feferman, Times of Israel

Consider this fundamental fact: Since 2005, terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 13,000 rockets at Israeli cities. Has anyone in the western media bothered ...

When Middle East Conflicts Become One - David Brooks, New York Times

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is...

Iran Should Free Post Journalist Jason Rezaian - Washington Post

So why have Mr. Rezaian, Ms. Salehi and the photographers suddenly become the first American journalists detained in Iran since 2009? Post editors say they have no answers. What is...

A Bright Spot in Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran. Yes, Iran - Matt Duss, TAP

Despite the outcry from the hawks, there are encouraging signs the president has continued support for diplomacy. Speaking at the progressive Netroots Nation conference last weeken...

When Iran Comes in from the Cold... - Payne & Moore, National Interest

With nuclear talks extended for another four months, the P5+1 and Iran have been given a fresh chance to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. For the past six months,...

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan - Alex Vatanka, Nat'l Interest

At the heart of Tehran’s anxieties lies a decades-old fear of spillover of the Kurdish self-determination movement, and an independent and secular Kurdistan becoming a geopolit...

When U.S. Downed a Plane and Tried to Cover It Up - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing th...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Farce Continues in Latest Iran Talks - Amir Taheri, New York Post

The latest round of talks in Vienna on Iran’s nuclear program has ended with, guess what, tacit agreement to hold further talks for four more months. Both Iran and the 5+1 grou...

Can Iran Be Deterred from Going Nuclear? - Zachary Keck, Nat'l Interest

By convincing Iranian leaders that their own interests dictate remaining nonnuclear, they will be deterred from seeking a nuclear weapon....

Hard Choices Ahead with Iran - Robert Einhorn, Brookings Institution

With significant headway already made but major gaps remaining - and especially with the options available in the event of a breakdown of negotiations looking unattractive to all p...

What Kind of Iran Are We Looking for Here? - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

It’s now down to horse trading: The negotiations between Iran and the wider world, due to reach their deadline Sunday (and likely to be extended), have come to a head. At this po...

Time to Stop Tehran's Atomic Ambitions - Globe and Mail

The talks with Iran have come to a critical point....

Iran, Russia, Gaza Should Be Considered Together - Paul Pillar, TNI

In the face of intense, high-profile, and especially fast-moving problems, the decision-making apparatus for foreign policy and national security has a narrow attention span. Lim...

Give Iran More Time - Washington Post

It’s not inconceivable that Iran’s position will soften if talks continue. But the Obama administration should reject any attempt by Mr. Zarif to obtain concessions, such as in...

Why Tehran Loves Iran Hawks - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

However well-intentioned, Iran hawks in the U.S. threaten to advance Tehran’s nuclear agenda....

A New Iraq and a New Middle East - Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby, RCWorld

The Islamic State is murderously hostile to all its neighbors: Turkey, Syria, Baghdad, KRG, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran. As the newly proclaimed caliphate, it regards their regim...

Stick It to Iran by Giving Them Iraq - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

It’s time the Iraqi Pottery Barn rule—‘You break it, you pay a trillion dollars for it’—is applied to someone else....

An Easy Call on Iran - Bloomberg View

Sunday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program will not be met, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pretty much acknowledged today. So, are the negotiations worth extending?...

Is Obama's Strategy on Iran Sound? - Walter Russell Mead, American Int.

While other items on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda have come and gone, his drive to coming to some kind of agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons has been remarkably ...

Obama Must Take One for Tehran - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Why President Obama needs to stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal....

Iran's Middle East Nightmare - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

The Arab Spring, which Tehran first welcomed, has been by far Iran’s biggest nightmare. This began, of course, with the civil war in Syria where the Sunni majority rose up in...

Iran's ISIS Nightmare - Dina Esfandiary, The National Interest

Iran is stuck between a rock and a hard place on ISIS and Iraq. Taking responsibility for security in Iraq – or even significantly contributing to it – would be a huge undert...

The Many Faces of Hassan Rouhani - Alfoneh & Gerecht, Weekly Standard

Rouhani isn’t an open book: He has a layered, somewhat closeted personality. An attentive observer can’t help noticing something disingenuous or theatrical about him: His real ...

Ahmadinejad Adviser Arrested

A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday when security forces briefly arrested ...

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Israel to lobby US ahead of new Ira

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Asian teams turn focus from Brazil

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Less than three months after Asia's teams earned just three points at th...