Middle East

From Awakening to War

Without quick mediation, the politicization of religion could lead to conflict.

Robert F. Ellsworth


The Israel lobby controversy shows how some substitute character assasination for serious debate.  American national interests suffer.

Dimitri K. Simes

The Osirak Fallacy

If a strike on Osirak failed to turn back the clock on Saddam's nuclear program, why would one work for Iran?

Richard K. Betts

Contemplating the Ifs

There's no Hollywood solution to dealing with Iran--just a bunch of bad options.

W. Patrick LangLarry C. Johnson

A Profile in Defiance

Ahmadinejad came of age in the aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War. He sees little benevolence in the West’s interventions and conflict is inevitable.

Ray Takeyh

A Fragile Consensus

Unlike the Iraq War, the Iranian nuclear crisis will not convulse transatlantic relations--for the time being.

Bruno Tertrais