Jamal Benomar, the former UN mediator in Yemen, caused a diplomatic stir when he told me recently that a dozen Yemeni parties, including the Houthis, were close to a power-sharing deal until the first Saudi bomb dropped on Yemen on March 26.
When the assorted Middle Eastern Sheiks, Kings, and Crown-Princes troop to Camp David this week for a meeting with President Obama to discuss America's rapidly warming relationship with Iran, they would do well to recall one of geopolitics eternal truisms.
This summer, the US Senate will choose between war and peace with Iran. If the right decision is made, Obama's pending nuclear deal with Iran will be sustained and both a war and an Iranian nuclear bomb will be avoided. If the wrong vote is cast, diplomacy will collapse.
When a filmmaker knows how to say the right thing, I'm hooked before I even watch a film. Funny thing is, instinctually I almost always get it right, as far as my personal taste is concerned. The Other Side is a must-watch documentary by fellow Italian Roberto Minervini,
Despite more than 30 years of seclusion and censorship, the majority of Iranians seem to be curious, open-minded, and eagerly seeking connection with Americans.
The prospect of a final nuclear deal has prompted a race among several countries to benefit from the easing of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran. A competition to secure trade with Iran has already been initiated. And Russia, a long-term strategic ally of the Islamic Republic, would not desire to fall behind.
When it comes to this White House's much-maligned Middle East policy the chickens are coming home to roost as their eggs crash onto President Obama's ...
The current chaos in the Middle East presents great dangers but also unprecedented opportunities for geopolitical realignments, which Saudi Arabia is primed to lead.
Given the way our brain is wired, we believe we can divine how other people think.
Spring has finally arrived here in the northeast, or at least in New York, where a week of hot weather is upon us. We are in the 80s F for the first time this year, and though that is unseasonably warm for this time of year, no one is complaining.
The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary. Surely many rational Republicans are thinking about it today as candidates keep tossing their hat into the ring to compete for their Party's nomination.
The song, Send in the Clowns, written by Stephen Sondheim for the show A Little Night Music, is an appropriate theme for the Republican Party Primary....
Ayatollah Khamenei has said repeatedly that Libya gave up its nuclear program, helped the United States in its confrontation with terrorism, and yet it was attacked by NATO and the United States.
Masih Alinejad is well-known in Iran not only to the followers of her writing, but also to those whom she writes about. In 2014, Alinejad created My Stealthy Freedom, a platform that allows women in Iran to protest the strict law of obligatory hijab by posting pictures of themselves in public places without their headscarves.
Economic sanctions have long been used as a foreign policy tool, sometimes perceived as the tool of choice for nations where diplomacy has failed to yield desired results. Yet as widely used as they are, they generally fail to achieve their objectives.
May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. I think of journalists, writers... all those wrongfully imprisoned around the world. I think of their trauma, and their loved ones' trauma. And I think of their courage.