"Ample historical precedent exists of retrenchment losing public support because of the tide of events, only to give way to a more robust policy option."
Despite the apparent diplomatic “green shoots” between Iran and Saudi Arabia, these two Persian Gulf petro-powers are not strategically poised for détente any time soon.
How worried should the U.S. Navy be when it comes to the much-discussed DF-21D?
Regional circumstances and safeguarding its interests, not ideology, have shaped Tehran’s approach to Sunni militants. The rise of ISIS, however, is upsetting this blueprint.
Such a depressing track record needs to be kept firmly in mind, as the usual suspects hype the ISIS threat and insist that the United States “cannot stand by and do nothing.”
"America’s and China’s major interests in the Middle East are nearly perfectly aligned."
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