Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Israel will need to achieve surprise if it hits Iran's nuclear program—yet that's very hard to do.

Khamenei's Nuclear Dilemma

Iran's supreme leader is struggling to manage his hardline supporters.

The Aboutalebi Affair in Context

The law and politics of denying Iran's prospective UN ambassador a visa.

A Peril to the Iran Nuclear Deal

Banks are afraid to release the Iranian money promised in the deal.

Brandishing the American Sword in the Gulf

The tough task of reassuring Persian Gulf allies as Iran advances.

The Forgotten Principles of Deterrence

Even the basics are missing from the Ukraine discussion.

Human Rights and the Iran Nuclear Talks

Making Iranian human-rights violations an issue in the nuclear negotiations would be counterproductive.

Iran Belongs at the Nuclear Security Summit

Tehran's participation would have drawbacks, but it'd be a positive step on balance.

Russia, Sanctions, and Politics in Iran

Iran's internal situation, and our reaction to it, will matter more than Moscow's moves.

Speculative Mischief and Flight 370

Sometimes rumors end up having public-policy consequences.

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April 16, 2014