Tag Archives: Diplomacy

DOJ Indicts Iranian Hackers

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 […]

Two Things We Learned from Last Week

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 […]

Tom Cotton Goes All-In on Failed Neo-Con Policies

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 […]

Rouhani’s Referendum

On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani suggested he might employ the constitutionally sound tactic of calling for a referendum on important issues. Rouhani didn’t specifically say which issues would be put to referendum, but as Meir Javadanfar says, “it’s safe to assume he was talking about the nuclear program.” Clearly, nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 are at […]

End of Syrian Conflict Depends on US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

For the last three years, I’ve said, in private discussions, that the Syrian conflict won’t be solved until the US and Iran come to some sort of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. It looks like one is just over the horizon–but also far enough away that it still may not happen. There are, however, bogey’s […]

Hesitant Support for Limited Strikes on Syria

Last week’s presumed chemical weapons attack on the rebel stronghold in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta is forcing Obama’s hand. All indicators point to Assad and his forces as the culprits, but he insists otherwise. We’ll likely never know what calculus led to Assad using chemical weapons. Regardless of what it was, his actions […]

US House Doesn’t Care About Diplomacy

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that further curtailed Iranian economic activity. These new sanctions seek to cut off Iran from selling its oil abroad. This year alone exports have dropped by 50 percent due in large part to sanctions already in place. The measure still has to pass the Senate, however. And […]

Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Adventure: A Bridge to Far?

Secretary of State John Kerry is wading into the no-man’s land otherwise known as the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. Long the scourge of many diplomats, we shouldn’t be surprised that Kerry has chosen to attempt to solve the seven decades long conflict. (In Vietnam, he could have easily taken a cushy job, but he volunteered to […]

Limited Strikes: Another Bad Idea on Syria

“Unified limited action to support insurgents is the best hope of showing Assad that he can’t succeed,”Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chairperson of the Senate Armed Services committee, said yesterday during an address at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. Levin went further to say that he didn’t believe that US planes over Syrian airspace would be […]

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