Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?
The bipartisan support of H.R. 158 is demonstrative of the deeper problem of "Iranophobia," which necessitates a response if one is to prevent future discriminatory policies.
So yes, North Korea has done it again. But let's not fall into that same refrain. Let's move beyond sanctions and condemnations and come up with new modes of engagement. The people of North Korea are at stake and deserve our every attempt at finding a workable policy and solution.
The United Nations Security Council called an emergency meeting on the North Korea less than 24 hours after the test occurred in what can only be described as the same, never-ending story of attack, counterattack.
The conflict between the Sunni-majority Saudis and the Shiite-majority Iranians is not about theology. It's a battle for supremacy between the two most powerful countries in the region.
The Obama administration must see Turkey under the reign of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it is, not how it used to be, or how Washington wishes it were.
For the next few months the people who are vying to be our next president will be amazingly accessible. If you happen to live in a state like Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina you can very easily find an event featuring one of the presidential candidates at which you could ask them a direct question. When the moment comes, what would you ask?
As rigorous debates surround the ethics and oversight of foreign assistance endeavors, one of the more innovative contributions to this important conversation was produced by South Africa's renowned theologian, the late Steve de Gruchy.
As in every year, 2015 in Asia was marked by natural and man-made tragedies, such as the devastating Nepal earthquake and the persecution of minorities like Myanmar's Rohingyas.
If at least some American politicians and a significant portion of the public can see that Trump's proposal can be used to recruit terrorists, why can't they see that the U.S. government's post-9/11 attacks on or invasions of at least seven Muslim countries is far worse?
Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.
The U.S. words of support notwithstanding, the announcement marked the latest move in Saudi Arabia's increasingly assertive and, from Washington's standpoint, independent foreign policy. It is the latest in a series of Saudi moves that underscore a significant foreign policy shift.
The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.
Kerry and Blinken both mention Burma, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. It's unlikely that this is a coincidence and is worth considering when one ponders the president's 2016 travel schedule.
While politicians like Trump and Rubio are often quick to demonize all Muslims and blame them for acts of terror, little to no effort is given to really understand the root causes and motivations for such terrorism. With such a mentality, it is impossible to pursue a truly effective counterterrorism policy.
Tehran would rather see a Democrat than a Republican as the next U.S. president. At one time there were minimal differences between the parties' views on Iran, but in the last few years the gap has widened.