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U.S. Should Engage Rather Than Isolate North Korea

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes, and hoping the nuclear monsters will go away. Alas, it hasn't worked.

Investing in Iran From a Human Rights Perspective

Amol Mehra | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Ensuring corporate accountability in practice is more difficult, but fortunately the U.S. already has a blueprint from which to build a human rights reporting and monitoring framework for eventual investment in Iran.

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot

John Feffer | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
John Feffer

In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, had passe...

"We Want to Be a Part of the World"

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Zoe Dolan

My favorite memory of Iran is this one: back in the city of Kerman, my very sexy, glimmering-eyed tour guide Vahid told me to stay in the hotel at night. So I waited for him to go to his room, and then I went out for a walk.

Israeli-Americans Can Strengthen the Jewish People in the U.S. and Lead the Fight Against BDS

Adam Milstein | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Adam Milstein

For decades, those of Israeli descent living in America kept our suitcases packed. Despite U.S. passports, English-speaking families, and American homes and businesses, we always thought that we would return to Israel one day.

U.N. Vote, Candidates' Debates Open Syria Space for Obama

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Laurenti

If grinding military stalemate is the prerequisite for political compromise, Syrians may be reaching that point. Certainly states in and outside the region are now prioritizing destruction of Da'esh over dismantling of Assad's regime.

It's Not Just About Israel. BDS Threatens Us All.

Adam Milstein | Posted 01.01.2016 | Politics
Adam Milstein

History's lessons hang over our moment. What begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews. Now is the time for Americans to take action. For the sake Israel and America, for the sake of our shared values and our common future, we must stop BDS dead in its tracks. Nothing less than our very way of life is at stake.

UN Adopts Resolution Targeting ISIS Finances

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.17.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council warned on Thursday that some countries are failing to implement long-standing sanctions ...

Italian Analyst: Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation With Post-Sanctions Iran

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran signed earlier t...

Memo: To the Republican Party

Jim Moore | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

Speaking as a coalition of world leaders (absent the United States), it has come to our attention that Americans appear to be up against an intractable and irritable problem, a problem which, if not solved in a timely fashion, may well carry over into matters of state far beyond your borders.

Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Targeted UN Sanctions in South Sudan a Threat to Peace

Matthew Leriche | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Matthew Leriche

A better understanding of the politics in South Sudan, and the way the country's communities and individual leaders are connected, would have allowed the UN to recognize its current approach is applying coercion that is unlikely to work toward securing peace in South Sudan.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Can GOP Governors Actually Sanction Iran?

John A. Tures | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

More than a dozen GOP governors wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, vowing to keep state-level sanctions on Iran despite the nuclear deal. But can a state really circumvent the U.S. President's policy on sanctions? A U.S. Supreme Court case from several years ago could block that plan.

Forging a Better Deal With Iran Is a Pipe Dream

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Iran is a country of many contradictions. On the one hand, Iran is a theocratic regime that persecutes homosexuals and Christian evangelists, imprisons journalists, and supports bad actors in the region.

What Are Sanctions, and Do They Work?

MoneyTips | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
MoneyTips

Sanctions have been prominently featured in the news in recent times, especially given international negotiations with Iran regarding economic sanctio...

Sanctions Without Purpose: U.S. Penalizes Sudanese People to Punish Their Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.

The Biggest Myths About Doing Business with Iran

Dick Simon | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Dick Simon

We think we know all about Iranians, having seen "Argo," "Homeland" and myriad other media consistently feeding us a narrative of "dangerous Iranians," but there is a lot that Americans and many in the West are unclear about.

The Dark Side of Russian Sanctions: Lessons to Learn

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

While the impact of western sanctions on Russia has been well documented, little mention has been made of the effects of the Russian embargo on western agricultural products.

Understanding Russia's War on Cheese

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

The Paleo Diet has finally been knocked from its perch as the stupidest food trend of the twenty-first century, replaced by an even stranger phenomenon: the Russian government's mass, televised destruction of banned imported food.

House Democrat Calls For War Authorization Against Iran

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings on Thursday became the latest Democrat to split with President Barack Obama over Iran, stating that he woul...

Chuck Schumer's Position on Iran Is Reckless

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Opponents of the Iran deal have been unable to produce a viable alternative. That is because there really are no alternatives left. Should the Iran deal collapse under the weight of spoilers like Schumer, Iran will get a nuclear weapon. And once Iran achieves and announces that capability to the world, no expert will be able to foresee the consequences.

Russia Destroys Western Food To Mark 1 Year Of Sanctions

AP | Katie Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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On the Ground in Russia

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Craig K. Comstock

After traveling to Russia for more than 30 years as a "citizen diplomat," Sharon Tennison isn't buying the war propaganda intended to demonize Putin and cast us back into a Cold War.

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia By 6 Months

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict...