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New Sanctions on Iran and Neo-Big Stick Diplomacy

Published on January 22nd, 2013 | by Guest

by Erich C. Ferrari and Samuel Cutler Contained in the Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2013, and signed into law by President Obama on January 2, are sweeping new sanctions targeting Iran over its disputed nuclear ... Read More



Saharan Mess: Tuaregs, Terrorism and Maghrebi Spillover

Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Wayne White

The crisis affecting Mali and southern Algeria is only the latest phase in a long pattern of conflict. The often nomadic Saharan Tuareg, with populations spreading far beyond northern Mali, have never had a stable relationship ... Read More


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Who is Responsible for Medicine Shortages in Iran?

Published on January 21st, 2013 | by Farideh Farhi

In an interview with BBC Persian, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen says that his department’s assessment is that reports published regarding serious and extensive shortages of medicine in Iran are exaggerated. He ... Read More



Questioning Recent Iran Policy Prescriptions

Published on January 18th, 2013 | by Peter Jenkins

Any reader of my last piece on this site will be unsurprised that I was disappointed by the Iran chapter of “US Non-Proliferation Strategy for the Middle East” — a policy paper produced by five self-proclaimed “non-partisan specialists”. (Jim Lobe ... Read More


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“Grand Waffle” in the Middle East

Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Jim Lobe

Amb. Chas Freeman (ret.) spoke to a Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) forum on U.S. Grand Strategy — or, in his words “Grand Waffle” — in the Middle East on Capitol Hill yesterday and has graciously ... Read More

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How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Tom Engelhardt

A New Book Transforms Our Understanding of What the Vietnam War Actually Was  By Jonathan Schell via Tom Dispatch For half a century we have been arguing about “the Vietnam War.” Is it possible that we didn’t know ... Read More



Iran Shoots Itself in the Foot

Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Guest

By Robin Yassin-Kassab In August 2012 Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi attended a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran. His presence at the conference was something of a diplomatic victory for the Iranian leadership, whose relations with ... Read More


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Iran-Turkey Relations Heading into a Tough Year

Published on January 17th, 2013 | by Richard Javad Heydarian

Since the advent of the Syrian Revolution and tightening transatlantic sanctions against Iran in 2011, Tehran and Ankara have had a particularly tough time maintaining a facade of mutual amity and cooperation. Last December, President Mahmoud ... Read More

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