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Trump is Right About Iran, Yet Wrong

Trump is Right About Iran, Yet Wrong

President Trump has inherited a limited range and scope of choices in confronting Iran. Right or wrong, he has no option in dealing with Iran but to deal with Iran.

The Iranian Revolution at 40: Shifting Grounds, Continuing Resilience

The Iranian Revolution at 40: Shifting Grounds, Continuing Resilience

Despite challenges, the Islamic Republic is here to stay with its military and social capacity to defend itself from foreign aggression and domestic intervention.

Review – The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism

Review – The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism

Matthiesen provides a rich and nuanced reconstruction of Shia history through an impressive analysis of primary documents that have never been studied before.

Sectarian Divisions, Proxy Wars and Chaos

Sectarian Divisions, Proxy Wars and Chaos

It is important to have a firm grasp of the role that religion and sectarianism play as mobilizing forces in the regional politics of the Middle East.

The Syria on the Horizon

The Syria on the Horizon

Bashar al-Assad and his circle will continue to refuse any Syria that is not theirs. There is no daylight for diplomacy here. A plausible scenario involves a war of multiple phases lasting years.

Ahmadinejad and the Politics of Mahdism in Iran

Ahmadinejad and the Politics of Mahdism in Iran

The need to resort to strategic symbols like Mahdi is to some degree the result of the Persian cultural trait of ta’arof which discourages direct confrontation and criticism. Westerners, bewildered by such peculiarities, often fall back on what they know best, Iran’s foreign affairs, while overlooking the domestic aspects that fuel Iranian behavior.

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