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Time To Refocus On The EMP Threat
By Amanda Azinheira, Defense News, August 19, 2015
 

In late July, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs assembled a number of top experts to discuss a critical threat to the homeland: electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

 
Why Obama Will Open A US Embassy In Iran
By Ilan Berman, New York Post, August 18, 2015
 

What's next after the Obama administration's opening to Cuba? Why, an embassy in Tehran, of course. 

On Aug. 14, in a ceremony replete with pomp and circumstance, Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the formal re-opening of the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. The occasion marked the culmination of nearly two years of quiet diplomacy between the White House and the Castro regime. 

 
Nothing In Moderation
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, August 18, 2015
 

 In July, President Barack Obama said that he hoped the proposed nuclear deal with Iran could lead to continued conversations with the Islamic regime "that incentivize them to behave differently in the region, to be less aggressive, less hostile, more cooperative," and to generally behave in the way nations in the international community are expected to behave. The most optimistic proponents of the deal believe that the process could open the door to more comprehensive detente, empower Iranian moderates and lead to a gradual, peaceful form of regime change - a change of heart, if not of leadership. 

 
North Korea: Iran's Pathway To A Nuclear Weapon
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, August 13, 2015
 

A central plank of the Obama administration's case for the nuclear deal just concluded by the P5+1 powers is that the agreement closes off "all pathways" by which the Iranian regime could acquire a nuclear capability, at least for the coming decade. 

 
Iran's European Enablers
By Ilan Berman, Politico Europe, August 11, 2015
 

Not all that long ago, it seemed as if the United States could learn a thing or two from Europe when it came to economic pressure on Iran. Today, a great deal has changed. 

Even as the fledgling Obama administration stuck doggedly to its "engagement" policy toward Tehran, European capitals were rapidly heading in the opposite direction. In November 2009, in a move that caused nothing short of a political earthquake on the Old Continent, a majority of the Dutch parliament formally voted to place Iran's clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on the European Union's terror list. 

 
99 Problems With Obama's Iran Math
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, August 4, 2015
 

President Barack Obama says that 99 percent of the world supports his proposed nuclear deal with Iran. He had better check his math. 

 
In Turkey, It's All About The Palace
By Claire Berlinski and Okan Altiparmak, POLITICO, August 4, 2015
 

Don’t forget what's really at stake for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

On December 17, 2013, the Financial Crimes and Battle Against Criminal Incomes department of the Istanbul Security Directory detained 47 people, including a number of high-level officials. The sons of the minister of the Interior, the minister of Economy, and the minister of Urban Planning were implicated, as was Erdogan's own son, Bilal, with all three ministers handing in resignations.

 
RIP: America's "Engagement" Strategy towards China?
By Jeff M. Smith, The National Interest, August 3, 2015
 

Since its historic rapprochement with Beijing in the 1970s, America has approached a rising China with an "engagement" strategy guided by two key assumptions: first, that political liberalization would ultimately follow economic growth; and second, that supporting China's integration into the global order would preempt Beijing from forcibly challenging that order. While confidence in those assumptions has waxed and waned, never did a consensus emerge that they were fundamentally flawed - until now. 

 
Flood Of Cash To Iran Dwarfs Marshall Plan
By Ilan Berman, USA Today, July 28, 2015
 

Buried within the 150-plus pages of technical minutia and regulations that make up the recently concluded nuclear deal between the P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran lies a stunning revelation, the full import of which has not yet been adequately appreciated by the international community. It is that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the agreement is formally known, is designed to serve as nothing less than a Marshall Plan for the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. 

 
The Iran Deal Will Make Matters Worse
By James S. Robbins, The Hill, July 23, 2015
 

The White House says the only alternative to the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran is warHowever it is the deal itself that is pushing the Middle East towards conflict.