Middle East

Sometimes the CIA is Right

With the CIA under fire once again—this time for pre-9/11 failures—it is also important to know what the agency got right. Its assessments of post-Saddam Iraq were dead-on and deserve attention.

Tug of War with Tehran

The U.S.-Iran standoff is at a critical juncture. The sides are at a fork in the diplomatic road; either serious talks or dangerous escalation could dominate news headlines this summer.

A Mediterranean Membership Club

The United States should view Nicolas Sarkozy’s Mediterranean Union initiative as an opportunity for renewed translatlantic cooperation and burden-sharing in the Middle East.

Sanctions Offer No Sanctuary

Washington’s attempts to halt Iranian enrichment activities through unilateral sanctions have been derailed. The United States must modify its objectives in dealing with Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Keeping the Lid On

The negative effects of an Iraqi civil war can be mitigated, even if the conflict itelf cannot be quelled.

Daniel BymanKenneth M. Pollack

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