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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



Is Iran on the Brink?

Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Farideh Farhi

In the past few days there have been a string of reports regarding the harmful impact of sanctions on the Iranian population. Issues related to rising prices, the inability to import medicine for life threatening diseases ... Read More



The Surge and Other Popular Neocon Myths

Published on January 15th, 2013 | by James Russell

by James Russell As the Senate prepares for what will be contentious confirmation hearings for Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, it is important to debunk some of the popularized narratives that are ... Read More

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