I first heard of Ret. Col. Andrew J. Bacevich in graduate school. His book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, had been required summer reading. Looking back, I hated it before I even started reading–how dare someone talk about the end of American exceptionalism. Nonetheless, a few days later, after I finished, […]

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned speech at the Brookings Institution was the scene of loud protests and scuffles between demonstrators and Turkish Security. Inside the event, Turkish Security attempted to remove several journalists they considered unfriendly. Erdogan was in DC to attend the Nuclear Security Summit. Brookings’ staff were forced to intervene. Strobe Talbott, Brookings President, even threatened to cancel the […]

Almost immediately after Mosul fell to Daesh fighters, local militias began springing up to stanch Daesh’s progess. Now it seems there are anti-Daesh militias operating inside Mosul targeting Daesh leaders. Just this past weekend, a senior Daesh commander was killed by an unidentified group of gunmen, this comes a few months after several Daesh fighters […]

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced earlier today that US Special Operations forces killed a top Daesh official, Abdul Rahman Mustafa al Qaduli, who is also known as Hajji Imam. The operation took place early Thursday morning and was intended to capture al Qaduli alive. US forces were tracking al Qaduli for several weeks. They traveled […]

Seven Iranian hackers were indicted this morning by the Department of Justice for cyber-related crimes stemming from various attacks in 2012 and 2013 targeting financial institutions and a dam in New York. The announcement comes a little over two months after the implementation of the nuclear deal signed in July 2015 and the release of […]

It was tough to narrow down to two the lessons learned from events in the Middle East last week. But there were two things that kept standing out. The first comes from testimony regarding proposed new sanctions on Iran before the Senate Banking Committee last Monday. The committee was briefed by Obama Administration officials and […]

What started out as a talk about his book turned into a conversation about Roger Cohen’s perspectives on the Middle East. Cohen, a New York Times columnist, was presenting his new memoir titled “The Girl from Human Street” at an event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for Peace in Washington, DC. He described his book […]

According to Nicola Pedde, Director of the Institute for Global Studies in Rome, the categories we use to describe Iranian domestic politics aren’t enough. Iran, Pedde claims, is vastly different than what it was in 1980s. Pedde was speaking at an event on Thursday, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center, entitled Iranian Domestic Politics and […]

Yesterday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said, we should “cease all appeasement, conciliation, and concessions toward Iran, starting with these sham nuclear negotiations.” He insisted on a return to neo-conservative policies when handling Iran, while speaking at the Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Conservative Policy Summit. I guess he forgot where that policy got us. Just over a […]

The American public is becoming more willing to entertain a confrontation with ISIS, a recent poll suggests. But it could, also, provide Obama with breathing room in an effort to finalize an agreement with Iran. The poll’s author, Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, presented polling […]

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