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Trump’s Iran Deal Withdrawal Has Broad Implications

Last week, after 15 months of threatening to do so, President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or the Iran Deal). He was following through with one of his top campaign promises. Without getting into the weeds of the jargon filled 150-plus page multilateral agreement, the deal does three major things. […]

Trump’s Iran Fantasy Risks American Power

This piece was originally published in the Kentucky Standard at the following link: http://www.kystandard.com/content/opinion-trump%E2%80%99s-iran-fantasy-risks-american-power “Diplomacy takes place in reality,” wrote Roger Cohen in a recent column for the New York Times. He was writing about President Trump’s Fantasy Land diplomatic approach with Iran. On Friday, Trump pledged to not certify Iran’s compliance with the Joint […]

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 […]

Bosnia’s Struggle with Islamic Extremism

  Of the parties to the Yugoslav Civil War, Bosnia was the hardest hit. Sarajevo, the capital, was once the cosmopolitan epicenter of the Balkans. Some called it the Jerusalem of Europe, as it sits that the crossroads of Islam, Catholicism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the years after the Dayton Peace Accords (the agreement bringing […]

Bacevich Speaks to My Strategic Soul

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, […]

Erdogan Brings His Crackdown to DC

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rand Paul Continues His Embrace of Neo-Conservative Policies

In August, I wrote a column raising concerns about Rand Paul–a self-styled, pro-markets, anti-intervention libertarian who for many conservatives represents the only hope for a departure from the neoconservative hijacking of his party. My concern was that Paul appeared to be flirting with his party’s neoconservative side by flip flopping on Iran. He wrote me […]

Possible Reasons Behind Saudi Decision

Much has been made of the Saudi’s deciding not to take their seat at the UN Security Council. While it is clear that they have been attempting to take a bigger role in regional leadership (see my previous post), it is unclear if they have a clear strategy on how to do that. The royal […]

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