In order to understand how Iran will respond to Qassem Soleimani’s death, it helps to begin with an anecdote.
One very cold and wet cold night in December 2013, two men shot Hassan Lakkis, a top technical expert for Hezbollah, to death as he stepped out of his parked car in an apartment complex outside Beirut. After some initial confusion as to whether the attack was related to Hezbollah’s efforts to assist President Bashar al-Assad in defending against an insurgent rebellion, it became clear the killing was, in fact, carried out by Israeli forces that had quietly entered Lebanon through…
The rapid fallout of the Trump administration’s shocking assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been both unsettling and predictable to anyone who has warned of the grave dangers of provoking a larger war with Iran.
It’s clear the Trump administration is actively deceiving the American public. It’s clear a war with Iran would be an unmitigated disaster — no matter who is in charge. The message from Democrats, and really any politician, should be simple: Stop another Middle East war at all costs.
By Janani Mohan
As a child of the 2000s, I can’t remember a time when America was not at war. I grew up thinking that conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan was the norm. I’d see photos of the war heroes from my hometown who died in the Middle East. And while I’m too young to remember 9/11, many people around me still felt it deeply. That may help explain why in 2004, during the first election I can remember, a president who was tanking the economy and violating human rights still won.
At the moment, the United States has a relatively charged relationship with, among others, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela. The stakes in each case are high; the issues are complex. And the outcomes will reverberate for decades, if not longer.
Fortunately for policymakers, a group of researchers at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (C-POST) has been conducting data-driven research on foreign policy and international security. We talked to those experts, as well as a couple of high-ranking practitioners of foreign policy, about what works, what doesn’t, and what to make of U.S. …
With public impeachment hearings set to begin next week, Republicans are struggling to find a coherent defense that can withstand the new evidentiary blows coming their way almost every day. The days of arguing “no quid pro quo” have come and gone, and Trump’s repeated exhortations to “read the transcript” don’t help him, since the document, which was released by the White House, only confirms the allegations against him.
Among the new administration trial balloons being floated is a constitutional argument: Trump’s actions amounted to the president crafting “foreign policy.” The theory of the case seems to be that the…
As the security situation in the Persian Gulf continues to deteriorate in the aftermath of Sunday’s cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities, the Trump administration finds itself in an increasingly dire situation — and its apparently dysfunctional relationship with both Iran and Saudi Arabia appears to be to blame.
The attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities early Sunday morning, apparently carried out by Iran and its regional allies, highlights the terrible strategic position faced by the Trump administration in confronting Iran militarily in its own neighborhood.
Boris Johnson, the new prime minister of the United Kingdom, entered 10 Downing St. last week facing a seemingly impenetrable problem: how to navigate the increasingly tense relationship between Iran and the United States.
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from a nuclear pact with Iran has sparked a game of chicken between the two countries. This year, U.S. and Iranian military assets in the Gulf have come close to clashes on multiple occasions as drones have been knocked down and tankers have been antagonized in one of the world’s most crowded and important international shipping lanes.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent the last week engaged in a flurry of diplomatic meetings with Iraq, Russia, and Belgium, all meant to drum up support for the Trump administration’s increasingly hard-line stance toward Iran and its nuclear program.
The meetings did not go well.
A NATO military intelligence official who was briefed on Pompeo’s claims about increased Iranian aggression in the Middle East said the substance of the intelligence that the Americans briefed was utterly unconvincing — even insulting.
“Do they think that we are stupid?” asked the NATO official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
As the world continues to fixate on the potential implications of Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an uncomfortable truth is emerging in the Middle East: The White House is reaping what it sowed in Iran.
Tehran, clearly confident that it can weather a confrontation with the U.S., is showing a clear pattern of escalation on the diplomatic and military fronts — most recently with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s announcement on Wednesday that Iran will begin to enrich uranium beyond the levels specified under the 2015 nuclear pact. The news puts Iran and the U.S. …
After months of escalating tensions, the United States and Iran came closer to outright war in the last week than any other time in the past four decades. In a series of tweets on Friday, President Donald Trump claimed that he had authorized strikes on Iran in response to Tehran’s downing of a drone, only to back off after he learned that the attack would result in around 150 Iranian deaths. …
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