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The Unthinkable U.S.-Iran Deal
March 2, 2010
The United States apparently has reached the point where it must either accept that Iran will develop nuclear weapons at some point if it wishes, or take military...
The Utility of Assassination
February 23, 2010
The apparent Israeli assassination of a Hamas operative in the United Arab Emirates turned into a bizarre event replete with numerous fraudulent passports, alleged...
Dissecting Israel-Turkey Diplomatic Row
January 19, 2010
Last week a small crisis with potentially serious implications blew up between Israel and Turkey. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon summoned Turkish...
Christmas Bombing and Intelligence
January 5, 2010
As is well known, a Nigerian national named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to destroy a passenger aircraft traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25, 2009....
The Latest Iran-Iraq Conflict in Context
December 22, 2009
A small number of Iranian troops entered Iraq, where they took control of an oil well and raised the Iranian flag Dec. 18. The Iranian-Iraqi border in this region is...
Obama's Foreign Policy After Year One
December 15, 2009
President Barack Obama’s speech in Oslo marking his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize was eloquent, as most of his speeches are. It was also enigmatic — both...
Jihadists' Own Strategic Dilemma
December 8, 2009
With U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement of his strategy in Afghanistan, the U.S.-jihadist war has entered a new phase. With its allies, the United States has...
Shaping Iran Sanctions and Strategy
November 24, 2009
The Iranian government has rejected, at least for the moment, a proposal from the P-5+1 to ship the majority of its low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment....
Obama's Strategy of Buying Time
November 3, 2009
Making sense of U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy at this moment is difficult. Not only is it a work in progress, but the pending decisions he has to make -- on...
Leaks and Deepening Iran Crisis
October 6, 2009
Two major leaks occurred this weekend over the Iran matter. In the first, The New York Times published an article reporting that staff at the International Atomic Energy...
Confusion Reigns in Iran Crisis
September 16, 2009
The Iranians have now agreed to talks with the P-5+1, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and...
The Western View of Russia
September 1, 2009
A months-long White House review of a pair of U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) installations slated for Poland and the Czech Republic is nearing completion. The...
Obama's Foreign Policy: The End of the Beginning
August 26, 2009
As August draws to a close, so does the first phase of the Obama presidency. The first months of any U.S. presidency are spent filling key positions and learning the...
The Endgame in Iraq
August 19, 2009
Though the Iraq war is certainly not over, it has reached a crossroads. During the course of the war, about 40 countries sent troops to fight in what was called...
Russian Economy and Russian Power
July 28, 2009
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Georgia and Ukraine partly answered questions over how U.S.-Russian talks went during U.S. President Barack Obama’s...
Strategic Calculus and the Afghan War
July 14, 2009
U.S. and allied forces began their first major offensive in Afghanistan under the command of U.S. Gen David Petraeus and Gen. Stanley McChrystal this July. Inevitably,...
Western Misconception Meets Iran Reality
- Stratfor -
June 16, 2009
Why the U.S. Obsession with Cuba
- Stratfor -
April 15, 2009
Time for Covert Ops in Afghanistan
- New York Times -
February 4, 2009
Washington THE Taliban didn’t wait long to test Barack Obama. On Tuesday, militants bombed a bridge in the Khyber Pass region in Pakistan, cutting off supply...
Caucasus War and Balance of Power
- Stratfor -
August 13, 2008
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