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Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

A President Clinton or Trump Would Be More Alike Than Different on Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The American public has had enough of wars, doesn't know what to believe when politicians speak, and is more interested in taking care of things at home. This is not likely to change when the next president takes office, and Clinton and Trump know it.

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.

The Day After the "Implementation Day" of the Nuclear Deal With Iran: Prospects for Scientific Cooperation, Safety and Sustainability in the Persian Gulf

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Wednesday December 2, 2015 marked a major milestone in the history of peaceful resolution of disputes among nations in the world, when the last step t...

The US and Iran's Common Interests in Syria

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

The Iran Deal: Winners and Losers?

David Harris | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
David Harris

Now that a Senate minority has blocked the bipartisan majority from an up-or-down vote on arguably the most significant foreign policy measure in a generation, some in the media are rushing to judgment about winners and losers.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

The Iran Deal: Less Than Ideal?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can't always get what you want. (That's why it's called "negotiation"...)

If Congress Rejects the Iran Deal, It Would Be a Historic Blunder

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The most tragic consequence of Congress killing the deal would be that it would eliminate the prospect for greater U.S.-Iran cooperation in the region on areas of mutual concern. It would lock in continued enmity between the United States and Iran, serving only to exacerbate tension and conflict across the Middle East. To go down this path when such a mutually advantageous alternative exists would truly be a blunder of historic proportions.

Scholars and Experts in the Arab World React to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Payam Mohseni | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Payam Mohseni

As a potential catalyst for further diplomatic means of conflict resolution, the comprehensive agreement provides a unique opportunity to seriously engage Iran and possibly alleviate these tensions. Given the significant ramifications that these openings may herald for the future of Iran-Arab world ties, it is more important than ever to engage and analyze viewpoints from scholars and analysts based in the region on the future of Iran's role in the Middle East and Arab security.

10 New Reasons to Worry About the Iran Deal

David Harris | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
David Harris

Since the P5+1 deal with Iran -- the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- was announced on July 14, there has been much discussion and debate about it, with lots more undoubtedly to come.

Prospects of U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations

Jeremiah J. Bowden | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Jeremiah J. Bowden

After six years of waiting, the United States and Egypt have rekindled formal strategic dialogue. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Cairo symbolizes a rapprochement between the U.S. and one of the key players in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

David Harris | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
David Harris

We are told by the deal's supporters that the only alternative to this deal is war. We respectfully disagree. We do not support war against Iran, nor have we ever advocated for the use of force, though we have always believed in a credible military option as a way of convincing Iran of our seriousness of purpose.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal and U.S. National Security

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

It is also important to be clear about what the agreement does not do and was not intended to achieve to judge the diplomatic accomplishment squarely on its own merits. No arrangement, save for one imposed by one party upon another, is going to be viewed as perfect,

Treasury: No, Iran Is Not Getting $150 Billion From The Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iran will receive approximately $55 billion in sanctions relief once the nuclear deal is implemented, said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew -...

$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

A Damn Good Deal

Shawn VanDiver | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Shawn VanDiver

Earlier in the month, President Obama announced that we had a deal. The P5+1 world powers had come to an agreement with Iran. With no loss of life, our diplomats were able to prevent Iran from building a bomb. The gravity of this win should make all sides rejoice. Unfortunately, that wouldn't be politically expedient.

Zarif's Comments on Iran's Deal at the Iraqi MoFA Press Conference

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

The following is the English translation of statements made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affa...

John Kerry: Iran Nuclear Deal Is Good For Israel's Security

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday continued his aggressive defense of the nuclear agreement recently reached with Iran. Pushing back...

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Left the Future of the Region Blurrier Than Ever

Shlomo Avineri | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Shlomo Avineri

JERUSALEM -- Even at this early stage, it is apparent that the agreement has empowered Iran regionally. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's minority Alawite regime lavished praise on the agreement, rightly recognizing that enhanced international legitimacy and financial resources will enable Shia Iran to provide greater backing. Assad's other major regional ally, Lebanon's Hezbollah (which the U.S. classifies as a terrorist organization), also supports the deal. Vladimir Putin's Russia is also happy to have received U.S. assistance, however indirectly, in strengthening Assad's hold on power.

Netanyahu Is the Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

TEL AVIV -- Netanyahu is an ideologue of Jewish catastrophe: risks and challenges cannot be approached with a view toward resolution; they must be held up as reminders for the Jewish people to keep up their guard.

Dear U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

David Harris | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
David Harris

In the end, if the current agreement goes forward and proves better than expected, Israeli leaders would, I hope, admit they erred and offer suitable apologies. But if it goes worse than advertised, then it will be Israel, plus its Arab neighbors, that will pay the heaviest price.

A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

James Zogby | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.

How The Nuclear Deal Will Affect Iran's Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.17.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with the International Crisis Gr...