Politics

Sanctions on Iraqi Political Figures: Shaping the Impact and Message

2019 Jul 22

The United States is now designating politicians who place personal or Iranian interests above the needs of the Iraqi people, but these efforts could go awry if locals don’t understand the justification or consequences.

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There’s a Deal to Be Had Between the U.S. and Iran

2019 Jul 17

If Tehran agrees to extend the JCPOAs sunset provisions and curtail its activity in Syria and Lebanon, Washington may be willing to lift the nuclear sanctions and create a special-purpose vehicle.

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Trump Couldn’t Ignore the Contradictions of His Foreign Policy Any Longer

2019 Jul 07

To understand where we are and where we are going, we must first understand where we have been. Trump became president with a set of deeply rooted visceral instincts about the world—hostility to alliances, skepticism of free trade, and support for authori

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Power and Interdependence in the Trump Era

2019 Jul 07

US President Donald Trump has been accused of weaponizing economic globalization. Sanctions, tariffs, and the restriction of access to dollars have been major instruments of his foreign policy, and he has been unconstrained by allies, institutions, or rul

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U.S. Arms Sales to the Gulf Have Failed

2019 Jun 22

Despite spending billions of dollars on hardware, our regional partners do not have the capabilities we need.

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Taking on Tehran

2019 Jun 21

Forty years after the revolution that ousted the Shah, Irans unique political-religious system and government appears strong enough to withstand US pressure and to ride out the countrys current economic difficulties.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah is facing new risks—from his own friends

2019 Jun 21

In his two decades on the throne, Jordans King Abdullah II has faced almost constant challenges to the stability and prosperity of the kingdom, just as his father Hussein did for the half-century of his rule.

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China Threatens American Defense with Rare Earth Embargo

2019 Jun 17

Throughout history certain metals have been critical for defense. During the Greek era, it was bronze. During the Roman Empire, it was iron. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, it was copper.

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America, Russia, and the Tussle for Turkey

2019 Jun 17

Turkey, which has been westward looking since the days of Ataturk, has become NATO’s fickle partner since Erdogan has come to power. That is best seen in the fight over the Russian S-400 air defense system and the American F-35 fighter aircraft.

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The Race for Istanbul: Erdogan’s Plan A and B

2019 Jun 17

Although massive state resources have been mobilized against Imamoglu, the opposition candidate has taken up the mantle of the underdog who could challenge the status quo nationally, just as Erdogan himself did two decades ago.

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Erdogan’s Failure on the Nile

2019 Jun 02

How Turkeys president went from being a regional Islamist leader in the Arab Spring to sharing Qatars role as the Middle Easts odd man out.

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The missing piece in Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ Iran campaign

2019 Jun 02

Washington should use its military soft-power to help Iranians and further drive a wedge between Iranians and the IRGC as well as isolate the IRGC ideologues within the system.

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