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The Other Group Looking Forward to the Era of the Iran Deal

July 14, 2015 A nuclear deal would lift a debilitating weight on Iran’s economy and—if Tehran so chose—improve relations with the rest of the world. It would have a dramatic impact in the US, too, allowing Americans—ifthey so chose—to begin the process of moving on from a 36-year-old confrontation with Tehran. But even...

America's New Approach to the Iran Negotiations

July 8, 2015 Critics say Iran has out-maneuvered the outside world for almost two years, winning concession after concession in nuclear talks while itself giving away little. If so, the US appears to have turned the tables at a key juncture in the final negotiating round. Members of the UN Security Council plus...

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History

June 9, 2015 In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power...

Saudi Arabia Gives Its Troops a Bonus As It Shakes Up Line of Succession

April 29, 2015 In Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev got himself re-elected this week with 98% of the vote. In Sudan, leader Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with a 94% advantage. Both have led their countries for a quarter-century. Today we have Saudi King Salman, who took the throne in January, shaking up his line of...

The P5+1 Aren't All Aligned on Iran's Sanctions Relief

April 1, 2015 The Iran nuclear talks are now a day into overtime. The Chinese and French foreign ministers have left Lausanne, the Swiss city where the negotiations are continuing after the March 31 deadline for a framework agreement. The word is that the outcome will be far from the desired grand agreement,...

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George Washington Was the Last President to Face an All-out Foreign Policy Uprising

March 14, 2015 Turns out there’s a close precedent for the spectacle of a poisonously contrary opposing party urging Americans and foreigners alike to ignore the sitting US president. But we must reach back all the way to George Washington and the 1790s, says a leading scholar. In his day, Washington was branded...

Russian Opposition Leader Shot Dead in Moscow

March 1, 2015 Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead on a Moscow street close to the Kremlin, in what may be a gangland-style hit. Убит Борис Немцов http://t.co/XKEG5hpXKh RT pls pic.twitter.com/vll2RV8RWm — Тот самый Мартин (@martin_camera) February 27, 2015 The killing of the 55-year-old Nemtsov, a liberal former deputy prime...

Russia Is About To Absorb Part of Another Country

January 15, 2015 While Moscow continues to be hammered by low oil prices and western-led sanctions, it is doubling down on hard-edged political and financial retribution: Russia is preparing to absorb a province of neighboring Georgia, and delivering an ultimatum to Europe that it could lose much of the Russian gas on which...

Baghdad, Kurds Put Aside Differences To Secure Oil from Smugglers

December 2, 2014 Iraqi Kurdistan’s days of smuggling tanker-loads of oil off the Turkish coast and through shadowy middlemen are over—at least for now. It has finally signed a deal with Baghdad that allows its oil to be exported legally, a concession by the Kurds, who have long sought a separate state, that...

Hagel: The Easiest Man To Throw Overboard

November 25, 2014 Barack Obama faces a knot of simultaneous foreign-policy crises on a scale rarely confronted by recent presidents—a Middle East riven by civil war, nuclear ambition, and general upheaval; Russia at war with a neighbor and challenging the post-World War II institutional architecture; a confident China pushing against the US Navy....