Giving human rights the "ignorance treatment" is far from a new approach for policymakers when it comes to taking a position against the perpetrating regimes. It actually follows a pattern that has occurred in relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia, just to name a few examples.
How do we ensure that ongoing conversations drawing on the best collective wisdom of the human race across the ages continues to inform those making the crucial decisions in government, in business, or in our homes, long after the traditional "college years" are over?
The Obama administration's decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East.
There is little ambiguity in Iran's position regarding the mechanism and timeframe of lifting international, European, and US sanctions on Tehran following a nuclear agreement immediately after a deal is concluded and not later.
President Obama said that he would sign the bill that was passed unanimously by the SFRC last week. Unfortunately, several Republicans are trying to make use of this bill to derail the negotiations with Iran and kill a final agreement.
There's a disturbing connection between a belief in Armageddon and support for the state of Israel.
If we all have a shadow, Iran is America's. It represents everything we fear and have not yet reconciled within our own country.
Think of it not as a new deal but a new devolution, an ongoing decline of quality substance, concern, and even basic awareness in public life. With th...
While Realpolitik arguments, in particular the argument for the need to co-opt Iran into a stable balance-of-power system in the Middle East, have been central to Obama's diplomatic opening to Tehran, he has also integrated an element of idealism into his approach, proposing that American "engagement" with Iran would bring about political and economic changes in that country.
Egypt has demonstrated that it is ready to combat terrorism by taking a very assertive stance against Islamic State and by joining the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. What does this mean for Egypt and how does it view conflict in Yemen, Iranian influence and relations with Washington?
The regional response in March 2015, to the advance of Iranian-backed Shia Houthis on the Southern Port of Aden in Yemen exposed two very revealing components of Middle Eastern geo-politics.
Today, young people are in a paradoxical situation in relation to Islam and the West. This critical situation is rooted in two realities that are seemingly contradictory but inherently complementary.
The end is near in Syria -- that is the optimistic headline emerging from Western news sources like the Guardian and Washington Post. While this is an encouraging sign, the trouble is we've seen this movie before.
Suddenly the television seems to turn on by itself, broadcasting a press conference with President of the United States Marco Rubio and Vice-President Ted Cruz as they address the nation.
An informal bloc of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey would represent a significantly more progressive, moderate and forward-looking coalition than the present Saudi-driven "Sunni coalition" that is divisive, ideological, destructive and sectarian.
Absent a credible military threat, there is no reason to believe that Iran will come clean regarding its nuclear program if Washington surrenders its remaining leverage. Nor is it reasonable to hang one's hat on the belief that Iran will moderate its behavior if both its diplomatic and financial isolation is ended.