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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 […]

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, […]

Obama v ISIL

In a few hours, President Obama will hold a press conference laying out his strategy to handle ISIL. It comes after weeks of speculation and calls for action on daily talk shows and the internet, as well as a month long campaign to bomb ISIL targets in Iraq. It’s high time somebody steps up to […]

Things to Watch

What role will the Syrian conflict play in P5+1 negotiation with Iran? There’s obviously a lot of positive sentiment surrounding Rouhani and his ability, once he’s sworn in as president of Iran, to be more amenable to negotiating with the P5+1. However, the challenge that he and the rest of the Iranian government faces in Syria could threaten negotiations.  Look […]

Egypt Burning…Again

On Sunday, Egyptians took to the streets to protest Mohamed Morsi’s year long tenure as president of Egypt. This was the second time in a little over two years that nationwide anti-government protests threatened to overthrow the government. The Egyptian military has called on the government to respond to the demands of people within 48 […]

Damage Has Already Been Done

On Friday, Iranians went to the polls and elected Hassan Rouhani as president, the only relatively moderate candidate left in the election. By all reports, the turnout was large. While not as high as in 2009, it certainly dwarfed our own Presidential election this past November. Analysts, those with a deeper knowledge of Iran—not the […]

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