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The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

In recent years, the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effort to develop a nuclear weapons capability. Pakistan's nucl...

Beware A Newly Confident Iran

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Some recent media portrayals of Saudi Arabia as a reckless and foolish local player in the Middle East are not only misguided; they are also outdated.

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

Cautious Optimism Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

Like it or not, a country the size of Iran, which is enmeshed in several regional crises, can neither be ignored nor forced into submission without disastrous consequences.

Opponents of Iran Nuclear Deal Just Won't Quit

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

Days after reports that Iran has dismantled one of the most dangerous parts of its program by removing the core of its heavy-water reactor in Arak and filling it with cement, Republicans are mounting a new attempt to kill the agreement that has already made the world much safer.

Saudi Arabia Uses Soccer to Isolate Iran

James Dorsey | Posted 01.11.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Saudi Arabia is using soccer and its influence in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to expand its campaign to isolate Iran, complicate Iran's return to the international fold in the wake of the nuclear agreement, strengthen Iranian hardliners in advance of next month's crucial elections in the Islamic republic, and deflect attention from mounting criticism of the kingdom's human rights record.

Saudi Arabia's Act of Strategic Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As Saudi Arabia is fighting a proxy war against Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it is determined not to allow Iran free regional reign. By creating the crisis, Saudi Arabia also hopes to disrupt the warming relations between Iran and the U.S., which it views as contrary to its interests. In addition, Saudi Arabia hopes to undermine the EU's drive for rapprochement with Iran, as it otherwise has the potential of becoming the largest trading partner with the EU.

Was 2015 Such a Terrible Year? And What Will 2016 Look Like?

The Conversation US | Posted 12.31.2015 | World
The Conversation US

Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world's population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016.

Soccer: Iranian Moderates and Hardliners Lock Horns on the Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suffered in the run-up to crucial elections in early 2016 what amounted to at least a symbolic defeat when state-run television banned Iran's most popular soccer program from running an interview with his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on soccer and politics.

Mr. Trump, What the Are You Talking About?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Billionaire real-estate mogul Donald Trump is the best entertainer that the American political system has to offer. Even before he decided to run for...

Listening to Voices Across the Middle East: 2015

James Zogby | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

I've had the opportunity to conduct public opinion polls across the Middle East in order to provide content for policy discussions at the UAE's annual Sir Bani Yas Forum. We surveyed over 7,400 adults in six Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE), Turkey, and Iran.

Five Takeaways from the IAEA's Report on Iran's Nuclear Past

Martin Malin | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
Martin Malin

Iranians may say the International Atomic Energy Agency came to wrong conclusions on several points. Just because some of what the Iranian government did was "relevant" to work on nuclear weapons doesn't mean that the work actually was aimed at making them. But now that the IAEA has made its assessment, the justification for extra vigilance and continuing concern about Iran's nuclear intentions should be clear to all.

Saving Face on Iran

Scott Ritter | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

The IAEA's "Final Report" is more a political face-saving exercise than technical expose. Fortunately, reason prevailed, and the PMD case against Iran has run its course, not with the bang anticipated by its supporters, but rather a whisper.

A Parallel Crescent To Stop Iran In Its Tracks

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The regional turmoil coupled with the Iranian threat offers new opportunities for this revolutionary geopolitical change to occur.

Russian Cooperation With Iran and Iraq Has Broader Consequences Than Saving Assad

The Conversation US | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
The Conversation US

The sudden launch of Russia's military operations in Syria late last month caught the United States and regional players by surprise.

Coulter, Trump, Francis and Why Words Matter

Tom Allon | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Allon

In an era where presidential candidates are on tour for almost two whole years and thus speak many, many words - much of them superfluous and foolish - we see in Francis' speeches that Words Really Matter. How's that for a new hashtag? #wordsreallymatter.

New Book Argues Iran Deal Makes War Inevitable

Kevin Price | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Kevin Price

Dershowitz, who has long sat very close to the seats of power both domestically and with those in Israel, unleashed a scathing attack against the Obama administration for its naive decision to pursue such a deal.

After the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Will the Nuclear Powers Also Play by the Rules?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Lawrence Wittner

When all is said and done, what the recently-approved Iran nuclear agreement is all about is ensuring that Iran honors its commitment under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to develop nuclear weapons.

A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.

Why Evangelicals Will Pray for the Iran Deal

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

We will be praying for peace in the Middle East, that our leaders continue to work toward the goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, and that their decisions will protect the security of our citizens and strengthen America's moral leadership in the world.

Privatizing the Apocalypse

Jonathan Alan King | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Alan King

Nuclear weapons have been in the headlines for years and yet all attention in this period has been focused on Iran. Almost never in the news, on the other hand, are the perfectly real arsenals that could actually wreak havoc on the planet, especially our own.

First First Things First: Defeat ISIS, Then Deal With Assad

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

To show how Byzantine the already complex Middle East political debate has become, my take on recent developments there will seem counter-intuitive to my long-standing fans (all three of you). For example, I support - gasp! - the recent U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

Another Iran Deal Vote?

Hal Donahue | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Republicans are playing politics with the nuclear safety of the nation and deserve the highest level of disdain and condemnation to reflect the great shame and discredit they bring upon their party, the Senate and America.