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December 30, 2011

Iran’s Imperfect Trap for Obama

The threat to blockade the Strait of Hormuz could come back to haunt Iran’s leaders. Still, Obama will be wary of becoming the second president to come unstuck over Iran.

December 29, 2011

Are Iran’s Leaders, Well…Crazy?

Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric is likely about domestic politics. But with uncertainty over who would really control Iran’s nuclear weapons, don’t assume Israel will take a chance.

December 26, 2011

China’s Frustrated Iran Diplomacy

China has worked hard behind the scenes to reduce tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. But as political pressure grows in the U.S. for action, will it have been for nothing?

December 15, 2011

Yes, Obama May Call Iran Strike

A former top Obama adviser on the Middle East says the president is serious when he says all options remain open. Just look at his track record.

December 14, 2011

America’s Afghan Supply Problem

By Joshua Kucera
The killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. air attack has left the U.S. more dependent on Uzbekistan. But is Tashkent a reliable – or advisable – partner?
December 13, 2011

Why There’s No Quick Iran Fix

The Diplomat speaks with Joseph Costa, co-director of the Truman National Security Project’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Experts Group, about the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

December 07, 2011

Bonn Meet Falls Flat on Face

Without Pakistan and a Taliban presence, the Bonn conference on Afghanistan was always going to struggle. A conflicted U.S. policy doesn’t help.

December 07, 2011

India Boosts Afghan Military Role

India’s military establishment is finalizing plans to train thousands of Afghan Army officers. Will New Delhi secure a first movers’ advantage?

December 06, 2011

Time for West to Wise Up on Iran

Last week’s assault on the British Embassy was unacceptable. But more sanctions are only going to embolden Iran’s ideologues.

December 03, 2011

Why No One Wants an Iran Deal

The U.S., China, Russia and Israel all have reasons for not wanting to negotiate a settlement to the Iran nuclear crisis. So does Tehran.

November 24, 2011

Averting Syria's Coming Civil War

Syria is on the edge of a bloody civil war. With the U.S. discredited in the region, the BRIC nations may offer the best diplomatic chance for averting more bloodshed.

November 24, 2011

Khamenei’s Plan for Iran

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has hinted the office of the presidency could be abolished. The move may be less about himself, and more about the succession.

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