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Why Obama Will Open A US Embassy In Iran
Articles - 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
Articles - 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. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 9
Bulletins - August 13, 2015
 

Target: Britain;
A new leader for Boko Haram;
Taking stock of the anti-ISIS effort;
How web 2.0 aids the counterterrorism fight;

 

 

 
North Korea: Iran's Pathway To A Nuclear Weapon
Articles - 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
Articles - 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
Articles - 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. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 158 - SPECIAL ISSUE: The Iran Nuclear Deal
Bulletins - July 28, 2015
 

In Washington, worries over latent nuclear potential;
A shot in the arm for Iran's military budget;
Fear and loathing in Riyadh...;
...and Israel

 

 

 

 
Flood Of Cash To Iran Dwarfs Marshall Plan
Articles - 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
Articles - 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. 

 
Rebuilding The U.S.-Israel Alliance
Articles - July 14, 2015
 

Even before it was formally published late last month, Michael Oren's memoir of his time as Israel's envoy to the United States had ignited a firestorm of controversy, and for very good reason. His book, Ally: My Journey across the American-Israeli Divide, provides the most damning account to date of a "special relationship" that, on President Obama's watch, has deteriorated to an almost unthinkable degree, with the White House coming to view Israel and its often-pugnacious premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, as more of a problem than Iran's nuclear ambitions, Palestinian corruption, or the Syrian civil war. 

 
If North Korea Got The Bomb, Iran Will Too
Articles - July 7, 2015
 

If North Korea could develop and test a nuclear weapon, even under a stringent arms control regime, why can't Iran also build a bomb under a far less ample nuclear deal? 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 157
Bulletins - July 6, 2015
 

Tehran doubles down in Afghanistan;
Iran's hand in Yemen's chaos;
A deepening water crisis;
For Iran, brightening economic horizons;
The tussle of the S-300

 

 
Supreme Irony
Articles - June 30, 2015
 

Those in America's foreign policymaking circles who are concerned about the emerging U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran are increasingly pinning their hopes not on Washington changing its negotiating posture but, instead, on Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei walking away from the table.

 
Why Iran's Past Nuclear Actions Matter
Articles - June 23, 2015
 

It would be fair to say that the past year-and-a-half of nuclear talks with Iran has not been America's finest negotiating hour. But even by the comparatively low standards of U.S. diplomacy to date, the collapse of the American position in recent days has been nothing short of breathtaking.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 7
Bulletins - June 22, 2015
 

In Syria, a sinister synergy;
ISIS makes inroads in southeast Asia...;
...while Islamism flourishes in Central Asia;
Among the OIC nations, the start of a strategy;
The Dutch versus the veil;
How British Jihadis now find their way to the Syrian front

 

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 7: Iran's Various Voices
Policy Papers - June 17, 2015
 

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran a country or a cause? For decades, the question is one that has bedeviled Western observers. Foreign politicians and diplomats long have struggled to reconcile the Iranian regime’s radical rhetoric and destructive international behavior with its pragmatic participation in numerous treaty arrangements, and its prominent role in various multilateral forums.

 
Another Day, Another Cave
Articles - June 16, 2015
 

If, as Marx taught, history repeats itself "first as tragedy, then as farce," then Washington's latest reported concession proves that U.S.-led nuclear negotiations with Iran have moved from the tragic to the farcical. 

 
Get Ready To Scrap The Iran Nuclear Talks
Articles - June 2, 2015
 

"Interviews with scientists is completely out of the question and so is inspection of military sites," Abbas Araqchi, Iran's senior negotiator on its nuclear program, announced on state television on Saturday, just as Secretary of State John Kerry was conferring with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a final push to meet the June 30 deadline for an Iran nuclear agreement.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 5
Bulletins - May 22, 2015
 

Britain's Jihadis return home;
Pushback in Tunisia;
How the Islamic state is sneaking into Europe;
The Islamic State's resilient terror economy;
In the Sahara, cracks in Islamist identification;
Australia's hard line

 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 4
Bulletins - May 1, 2015
 

In Georgia, a grassroots response to ISIS;
Unlikely allies in the Sinai;
Tackling education in Egypt;
Hamas gains in the West Bank;
The Islamic state's next casualty: The Taliban