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  • Originally published 05/15/2018

    Trump, Iran and American Power

    Walter Russell Mead

    The president sees Tehran’s overreach as an opportunity to arrest U.S. decline.

  • Originally published 05/09/2018

    The Implications of Voiding the Iran Nuclear Deal

    William R. Polk

    Even if it is not immediately a world at war, it will be a sort of concentration camp of terror, enervating fear of accident or design, of death and destruction.

  • Originally published 05/22/2017

    Trump in Absolute Monarchy during Iran’s Election

    Juan Cole

    The day the Iranian public bucked the country’s Leader and the other hard liners and put centrist President Hassan Rouhani back in for a second term, the US president was feted with gold metals in an absolute monarchy.

  • Originally published 08/15/2016

    The Strange Bedfellows of U. S.–Iranian Animosity

    Mansour Farhang

    Right-wing politicians in America, including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, are echoing the views of the Revolutionary Guards. This is an old story.

  • Originally published 09/22/2015

    Six Myths about the Coup against Iran's Mossadegh

    Morgan Carlston

    The CIA is often blamed for the August 1953 coup removing Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. But a careful examination of older studies reveal that common conceptions of the events and chronology are flawed.

  • Originally published 08/04/2015

    Bad Analogies Abounding on Iran Deal

    Jim Lobe

    In their desperation to sabotage the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, neoconservative foes of the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) are resorting to all kinds of historical analogies.

  • Originally published 07/28/2015

    The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

    Leon Wieseltier

    Has the Obama administration’s pursuit of new beginnings blinded it to enduring enmities? Leon Wieseltier comes out against the Iran deal.

  • Originally published 04/13/2015

    The Iranian Ascendancy

    Peter Van Buren

    Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

  • Originally published 04/10/2015

    The Iran Deal and Its Consequences

    Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz

    "Until clarity on an American strategic political concept is reached, the projected nuclear agreement will reinforce, not resolve, the world’s challenges in the region."

  • Originally published 04/03/2015

    A brief history of hating treaties

    History tells us that plenty of U.S. treaties and accords have been met with firestorms of criticism and controversy.

  • Originally published 03/30/2015

    John Bolton’s Love of Bombs

    Lawrence Davidson

    John Bolton’s op-ed to the New York Times is just a mess - a dangerous flight of fancy based on skewed opinions rather than hard evidence and facts.

  • Originally published 03/17/2015

    Iran, Tom Cotton and the Bizarre History of the Logan Act

    It’s been over 200 years since members of Congress wore white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles on the House floor, but if you read Tom Cotton’s letter to the leaders of Iran, you wouldn’t necessarily know it.

  • Originally published 03/03/2015

    Obama Must Explain Why the Iran Deal Isn’t North Korea Redux

    Michael Rubin

    As the Obama administration rushes into a nuclear deal with Iran, it pays to remember the last time the United States struck a deal with a rogue regime in order to constrain that state’s nuclear program and the aftermath of that supposed success.

  • Originally published 07/03/2014

    The Caliphate Fantasy

    Khaled Diab

    "The problem with this new caliphate is that it is ahistorical, to say the least."

  • Originally published 07/02/2014

    The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams

    Daniel Pipes

    It's been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrrection.

  • Originally published 07/02/2014

    Iraq Must Not Come Apart

    Leslie H. Gelb

    Such a rupture would ignite terrible slaughter inside the country and unsettle the Middle East as a whole.

  • Originally published 06/24/2014

    Fixing the world after Iraq

    Louis René Beres

    How shall we effectively improve our chances for surviving and prospering on this endangered planet?

  • Originally published 06/18/2014

    Deconstructing The Iraq And Syria Conflicts

    Dr. Alon Ben-Meir

    The current escalating sectarian violence between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Iraqi forces and the unending civil war in Syria are now intertwined and neither can be resolved without the other, which requires a dramatic change in the political and military landscape in Syria and Iraq.

  • Originally published 06/18/2014

    Turkish Support for ISIS

    Daniel Pipes

    The Turks offered far more than an easy border crossing: they provided the bulk of ISIS' funds, logistics, training and arms.

  • Originally published 06/17/2014

    The Hour of ISIS Power: How Did It Come To This?

    Timothy R. Furnish

    No longer merely a terrorist organization, it has now formed a renegade military theocracy and is in the process of creating a new Sunni territorial state in the Middle East.

  • Originally published 06/16/2014

    7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

    Juan Cole

    Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country.

  • Originally published 10/16/2013

    Curiosity Set Sail with Columbus

    Joyce Appleby

    Columbus's discoveries pried loose European curiosity from the vise put in place by the medieval church.

  • Originally published 07/22/2013

    Daniel Pipes: Islamism's Likely Doom

    Daniel Pipes (DanielPipes.org) is president of the Middle East Forum. © 2013 by Daniel Pipes. All rights reserved. As recently as 2012, it appeared that Islamists could overcome their many internal dissimilarities -- sectarian (Sunni, Shi'ite), political (monarchical, republican), tactical (political, violent), or attitudes toward modernity (Salafi, Muslim Brotherhood) -- and cooperate. In Tunisia, for example, Salafis and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) types found common ground. Differences between all these groups were real but secondary, as I put it then, because "all Islamists pull in the same direction, toward the full and severe application of Islamic law (the Shari'a)."

  • Originally published 06/16/2013

    Top Ten Conclusions from Iran’s Election

    Juan Cole

    Those who believed that Khamenei would try to fix this election for Jalili as he is accused by the Green ovement of doing four years ago were mistaken. 

  • Originally published 06/13/2013

    Netanyahu warns of another Holocaust

    WARSAW, Poland — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his two-day visit to Poland, which Germany’s Nazis occupied during World War II and where they committed the worst crimes ever against the Jewish people, with a stern warning about a potential Holocaust from Iran.Netanyahu said Wednesday the upcoming “so-called” Iranian presidential election will “change nothing” in the Islamic republic’s quest for nuclear weapons and that the regime will continue to pursue a bomb aimed at destroying Israel. Iran insists its uranium enrichment program has only peaceful goals.Iran’s election overseers have approved a list of would-be hopefuls, most of them loyalists favored by both the theocracy and the military, and any future president will likely side with the supreme leadership’s nuclear aspirations....

  • Originally published 05/13/2013

    Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

    Nick Turse

    Credit: Wiki Commons.In those first minutes, they’ll be stunned. Eyes fixed in a thousand-yard stare, nerve endings numbed. They’ll just stand there. Soon, you’ll notice that they are holding their arms out at a 45-degree angle. Your eyes will be drawn to their hands and you’ll think you mind is playing tricks. But it won’t be. Their fingers will start to resemble stalactites, seeming to melt toward the ground. And it won’t be long until the screaming begins. Shrieking. Moaning. Tens of thousands of victims at once. They’ll be standing amid a sea of shattered concrete and glass, a wasteland punctuated by the shells of buildings, orphaned walls, stairways leading nowhere.This could be Tehran, or what’s left of it, just after an Israeli nuclear strike.

  • Originally published 02/27/2013

    Sasanian palatial house discovered in Lorestan

    During the second season of archaeological research in western Iran, Iranian archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Sasanian palatial building. The ancient building is located in the area called Guri Fortress (Dež-e Gūri) near Zir Tang-e Siyāb of the district of Konāni, 70 kilometres southwest of the city Kūhdasht, in the western Iranian province of Lorestan. The director of the dig is archaeologist Atta Hassanpur. The discovered structure which is speculated to date to around 600 CE is described as having five interconnected halls, two columned halls and a courtyard....

  • Originally published 02/26/2013

    Iranians: 'Argo' "anti-Iran"

    ...That perception was re-enforced by the surprise presenter of the award, Michelle Obama. Fars News, Iran’s main hardline outlet, wasted no time in questioning her role, writing, “In a rare occasion in Oscar history, the First Lady announced the winner for Best Picture for the anti-Iran Film ‘Argo,’ which is produced by the Zionist company Warner Bros.”...

  • Originally published 01/25/2013

    Obama’s Inaugural and the Danger of an Iran War

    Juan Cole

    President Obama, Air Force chief of staff General Mark A. Welsh III, and Vice President Joe Biden talk during the inauguration. Credit: Flickr/DoD.Originally posted on Informed Comment.President Obama addressed the big issues of war and peace in his inaugural address, and despite the vagueness of some of his pronouncements, they contain strong clues to his foreign policy agenda in the Middle East. His announced policy will be one of ending U.S. military engagements abroad, multilateral cooperation with allies to face security challenges, negotiation, and avoidance of further military entanglements in the Middle East. In other words, Syrians are on their own, France can have Mali, and Iran is probably not going to be bombed.

  • Originally published 01/09/2013

    Using Cold War Tactics to Confront Iran

    Daniel Pipes

    Credit: Wiki Commons/HNN staff.As Americans seek to find an alternative to the stark and unappetizing choice of accepting Iran's rabid leadership having nuclear weapons or pre-emptively bombing its nuclear facilities, one analyst offers a credible third path. Interestingly, it's inspired by a long-ago policy toward a different foe -- the Reagan administration's ways of handling the Soviet Union -- yet this unlikely model offers a useful prototype.Abraham D. Sofaer, a former U.S. district judge and legal adviser to the State Department, now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argues in Taking On Iran: Strength, Diplomacy and the Iranian Threat (Hoover Institution, 2013) that since the fall of the shah during the Carter administration, Washington "has responded to Iranian aggression with ineffective sanctions and empty warnings and condemnations."

  • Originally published 04/12/2012



  • Originally published 05/16/2018

    The Father of the Iranian Nuclear Bomb

    Gil Troy

    The man traditionally deemed “the father” of Iranian nukes is an ex-Communist turned exiled Shah supporter, a peace activist who still supports Iran’s nuclear program.

  • Originally published 03/13/2018

    Promise and Flaw in Organized Religion

    Steve Hochstadt

    Last year was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 1517 proclamation of objections to Catholic Church practices. Luther masterfully used the new technology of printing to spread his ideas. But the religious community he wished to create was welcoming only for those who followed his lead. Luther condemned in the strongest terms anyone who refused to give up their religion for his.

  • Originally published 02/27/2018

    Farewell to the U.S. History Textbook?

    Jim Loewen

    Pearson is selling its K-12 division. Good riddance! Pearson lists as authors famous historians who didn't write "their" textbooks, never knew who did, and didn't even bother to read them.

  • Originally published 05/10/2017

    Whose Internet Is It?

    Steve Hochstadt

    One of the exciting new developments in computer connectedness is the “internet of things”, the networking among objects we own, like cars, refrigerators, thermostats, and light switches, so they can communicate with us and with each other. In cute ads on TV, a baby turns lights on and off at home by touching a smart phone. In real life, the most basic of your daily actions at home can be monitored and recorded by companies you don’t know about or be hacked by criminals.

  • Originally published 02/14/2017

    Capitalism + Bauhaus = Ikea

    Steve Hochstadt

    The failure and success of the Bauhaus idea might demonstrate that the radical leftists of the early 20th century produced some wonderful ideas for improving daily life, but that their social implementation needed capitalist economic structures.

  • Originally published 08/05/2015

    Iran, Israel & American Jews

    There's No There There

    For the first time in memory a foreign country — Israel— is publicly fighting an American president’s foreign policy on American soil.

  • Originally published 04/08/2015

    "Unconditional Surrender" in Iran

    Mark Byrnes's Facing Backwards

    After the nuclear framework agreement was announced last Thursday, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton told CBS News that "the only acceptable deal would be Iran's nuclear disarmament." What?

  • Originally published 03/17/2015

    Butting In and Screwing Up

    Steve Hochstadt

    The GOP Senate let a freshman with no foreign policy experience mess up foreign policy with Iran? 

  • Originally published 10/02/2013

    "Yes, We Have No Narratives": A Great American Myth

    Ira Chernus's MythicAmerica

    We won't have an informed debate about Iran until our mass media admit that in the U.S. as well as in Iran, dueling narratives are at the heart of competing views on foreign policy.