How Ukraine Will Shape the Future of the Middle East
March 02, 2014
The U.S. is are not without leverage in Ukraine, and the world is watching.
How to Fix the Iran Nuclear Deal
November 11, 2013
On the possibilities of negotiating with Iran—and the tricky work of letting allies know we're serious about stopping Tehran's nukes
A New Plan For Saving Syria
July 20, 2013
What was supposed to be the Syrian phase of the so-called "Arab Spring" has evolved into one of the greatest tragedies of the twenty-first century.
The president has many options on Syria—though none is guaranteed to produce a good outcome.
America’s Responsibility in the New Middle East
November 26, 2012
The United States needs to survey the new landscape that has emerged in the Middle East, and determine how it can shape it going forward.
The ultimate goal of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran, the next round of which commences in Moscow on June 18, has always been the same: Determining whether Iran is willing to accept that its nuclear program must be credibly limited in a way that precludes it from being able to turn civil nuclear power into nuclear weapons. The collective approach of the 5+1—the five permanent members of the U.N.
The Exit Lever
February 28, 2008
Senator John McCain often attacks the two Democratic presidential front-runners for their soft stance on Iraq. “Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will withdraw our forces from Iraq based on an arbitrary timetable designed for the sake of political expediency," he recently said, "which recklessly ignores the profound human calamity and dire threats to our security that would ensue.” His critiques are clearly overstated.
April 23, 2007
Dennis Ross explains how to negotiate with Tehran.
July 31, 2006
If you buy this reading of events, you must accept a certain irony. It is fashionable in some quarters to say that U.S. identification with Israel produces hostility against us in the Islamic world. But, in actuality, Israel may be paying a price for the U.S.-led effort to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear aspirations. Those who view the Israeli offensive in Lebanon as counterproductive to U.S. foreign policy miss an emerging reality: Iran is waging a struggle to achieve regional dominance that threatens the United States and all its friends in the Middle East.