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Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible

by John Feffer In geopolitics, everything is impossible — until, suddenly, it isn‘t. Wars that no one ever believed could happen flare into existence, and stable societies descend into chaos.…

An Advance Look at Iraq’s 2018 Elections

Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections, simultaneously embodying continuity and change, will be held in a particularly divisive atmosphere. The elections are taking place in the shadow of the devastation left behind…

Having Wounded the Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Must Travel to Tehran

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In a joint press conference during a much anticipated state visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed that he and Donald Trump “had very frank discussions”…

Alt-Right Down But Not Out

by Juliette Legendre On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. The event quickly turned into a bust when only about…

After Syria Strike, Showdown Looms over Future of Iran Nuclear Deal

by Shemuel Meir Western powers made good on their warning to the Assad regime on April 14, 2018, and attacked the production and storage sites of the chemical weapons in…

Reform or Regime Change for Iran?

by Fareed Marjaee Recently the neo-conservative writer Eli Lake of Bloomberg Views interviewed Iranian exiled dissident and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi. He chose a highly charged title for the interview:…

Experts Analysis: Macron’s visit to Washington and the Potential Impact on the US-Syria Policy

As France’s President Emmanuel Macron begins a three-day state visit with US President Donald Trump, their discussions are likely to focus on differences of opinion relating to Syria and Iran’s…

Energy Intelligence Briefing: Automated Warfare, Asymmetric Risks, and Middle East Conflicts

Geopolitical risk is always a major feature of global oil and gas markets, but the interplay Main Feed…

Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic…

The Terrorism Label

by Paul R. Pillar A recent op-ed from Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) calls for officially designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Gardner offers a long indictment—a “moral case,” as he…

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