Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA or Iran Deal)

Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights
Iran as an Inspiration for the Taliban: From Governance to Human Rights

Among the voluminous commentary on the Taliban’s return to power, only a few observed its apparent desire to emulate the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Morality of America’s Iran Policy and the JCPOA
The Morality of America’s Iran Policy and the JCPOA

By focusing on the obvious and immediate moral consequences of the JCPOA versus Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach, though hawkish, the latter of the two appears to have a distinct advantage when assessing overall regional well-being.

Is a Transatlantic Breakup Coming? Five Geopolitical Trends to Watch in Europe in 2020
Is a Transatlantic Breakup Coming? Five Geopolitical Trends to Watch in 2020

An outright transatlantic breakup isn’t imminent today, but some European countries may eventually try to balance the US and China geopolitically.

US Sanctions, and Iran Sanctions in Particular, Are Just
US Sanctions, and Iran Sanctions in Particular, Are Just

The US is employing just war considerations of proportionality and discrimination in the course of its employment of sanctions. That doesn’t mean there won’t be disheartening impacts on innocents. But we should be clear about who should receive the blame and insist, vigorously, that point is not lost.

What You Should Know about the US-Iran Crisis
What You Should Know about the US-Iran Crisis

Over the past month, tensions have escalated as Iran and the US move closer to military conflict. Here is what you should know about the burgeoning crisis and the reason for the increased animosity between the two nations.

Pompeo Criticizes Obama’s Middle East Policy, Explains New Era Has Begun
Pompeo’s Cairo Speech Criticizes Obama’s Middle East Policy, Explains New Era Has Begun

Observers expected Pompeo’s Cairo visit to defend President Trump’s drawdown in Syria. Instead, Pompeo systematically dismantled the failed Middle East policies of the Obama administration.

Trump Foreign Policy: Almost as Bad as I Feared
Paul Miller on Trump and the Fearful Decline of the International Order

We were mostly right about his hateful rhetoric, fundamental dishonesty, trade wars, admiration for foreign dictators, and wild inconsistency. But we overestimated Trump’s competence and work ethic. His ability to bring material harm to the United States has been limited by how little he works and how little he knows about the presidency.

Decisive, Disruptive, and Overdue: The Trump Foreign Policy
Decisive, Disruptive, and Overdue: The Trump Foreign Policy

The Trump foreign policy is like the administration’s domestic policy: a little irreverent, ambitious, and completely impervious to experts’ warnings.

Iran’s Economic Troubles Gives US Diplomatic Tool - Iran Economy
Iran’s Economic Troubles Gives US Diplomatic Tool

Sanctions and corruption have stunted Iran’s economic growth, and reforms will be difficult because of entrenched interests. This gives American policymakers a crucial diplomatic tool.