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Possible US-Iran Collision in Syria

Both FP and MEI’s IranObserved are reporting increased tensions between Iran and the US in Syria. Last week, US forces bombed an convoy from an Iranian backed militia operating close to a “deconfliction zone” close to the Jordanian–Iraqi–Syrian border. As Daesh continues to lose ground, while Free Syrian Army forces move North from the border with […]

Rouhani Re-elected

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected on Friday. He beat his challenger Ebrahim Raisi in a landslide, earning 57% of the votes to Raisi’s 38%. Many had thought that Rouhani would face a serious challenge since much of his campaign promises in 2013 hadn’t come to fruition. He had promised to improve the economy and […]

Iranian Hegemony or Strategic Depth?

Iran began its revolution, in part, by promoting its own special brand of Pan-Islamism. Through revolution, led by Iran, the Muslim world would be delivered from the hands of the oppressor, the Great Satan, the United States. That objective has proven easier said than done. But forecasting it in the aftermath of the revolution has […]

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 […]

Roger Cohen talks Memoir, Middle East Issues

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 […]

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 […]

Americans Ready to Confront ISIS, Opens Door for Iran Negotiations

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 […]

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 […]

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