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Mark Kirk and Robert Menendez

Analysts on Iran: Time to Move Beyond Sanctions

Published on January 27th, 2015 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison Arguing that sanctions have served their purpose, and that the promise of sanctions relief is key to securing Iran’s agreement to a comprehensive nuclear deal, three top foreign policy analysts were critical on ... Read More



Let Nuclear Sanctions on Iran Serve Their Final Purpose

Published on January 26th, 2015 | by Peter Jenkins

by Peter Jenkins The kerfuffle over congressional moves to impose additional sanctions on Iran is obscuring a question that requires attention. Have the US and EU understood that the nuclear negotiations will not yield the non-proliferation ... Read More



Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future

Published on January 26th, 2015 | by Emile Nakhleh

by Emile Nakhleh Much has been written about King Abdullah’s legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the ... Read More

Saudi Arabia


King Abdullah’s Mixed Legacy

Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by Thomas Lippman

by Thomas Lippman  King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who died early Friday morning at the age of 90 or 91, left a very mixed legacy – stability, prosperity, and widespread popularity at home, but ... Read More



Bibi’s Visit No Favor to US or Israel

Published on January 23rd, 2015 | by Robert E. Hunter

by Robert E. Hunter Americans have historically resisted efforts by foreigners to tell us how to do our business. Many foreigners still attempt to do so, though at times ruffling our feathers and producing an effect ... Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu and John Boehner

Chutzpah Squared: Bibi and Boehner

Published on January 22nd, 2015 | by Jim Lobe

by Jim Lobe As Mitchell Plitnick pointed out on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress on February 11, although now it appears that ... Read More

Human Rights

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr

Saudi Arabia’s Controversial Death Sentence

Published on January 22nd, 2015 | by Guest

by Giorgio Cafiero Last October, Saudi Arabia’s Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr—a popular Shi’ite cleric and outspoken political dissident—to death. This was not an ordinary criminal trial, even considering Saudi Arabia’s liberal use ... Read More

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