The Turkish parliament — dominated by a supermajority of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) — early this morning passed a law severely restricting and, in some cases, banning alcoholic beverages altogether. According to Hürriyet Daily … read more
After the government of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner agreed in January to work with Iran to form a so-called “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center (AMIA) in which eight Iranian officials are implicated, many … read more
Iran announced yesterday the final list of candidates deemed qualified to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election. The results indicate that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his supporters have positioned themselves to further consolidate their power. The Guardian Council … read more
The new International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran’s nuclear program—at least the elements of the program that inspectors are given limited access to—reads much like previous quarterly reports in its demonstration of an unrelenting adversary and a failing strategy. … read more
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday approved legislation to have the United States provide small arms and ammunition to the Syrian opposition. While it’s good news that a bipartisan array of senators recognizes the high costs of American passivity, I’m … read more
Here we go again. The Guardian Council has handpicked eight candidates to contest next month’s presidential elections in Iran, and the Western press dutifully anoints some of them reformers. It’s as if North Korea would someday hold elections in which … read more
The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is extremely influential in Iranian national security affairs. It affects the formulation and execution of policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program, conflict in Syria, global asymmetric operations, domestic security, and many other matters. The IRGC … read more
It happens every four years: The Islamic Republic heads into presidential elections and newspapers, columnists, and analysts — their nerdy attention to Iranian politics suddenly in vogue — start sounding off about this faction or that faction, or one Iranian … read more
The fight now going on in the strategic city of Qusayr has already spilled over into neighboring Lebanon, where fighting between Alawites sympathetic to Bashar al Assad (himself an Alawite) are battling Sunnis who support the rebels in Syria. Three … read more
Over at RealClearWorld, Robert Kaplan makes a compelling case that the United States should not fear a strong Iran: It is not in the long-term interest of the United States to side with the Sunni Arab states against Iran or … read more
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