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The Revolution Will Be Mercantilized

Iran is degenerating into a security state, with the Revolutionary Guard Corps at the helm. The fight for supremacy among the hard-line elite can only lead to a crisis within the Iranian state.

Iranian Resurrection

Iran is becoming a superpower. Funding proxy armies, controlling vital energy hubs and winning the heart of the Arab street, Tehran has created a sphere of influence on an imperial scale. If we don’t do something—and soon—Iran, not China or Russia

A Broken Engagement

Hell hath no fury like a Tehran scorned.

Catch-907 in the Caucasus

Baku, they say, is booming.

America on Their Minds

The subject of Franco-American relations is "vast," in the Gaullian usage of the word, and for most Americans vastly boring.


When Bombing Syria, Remember Lebanon

Israel's intervention in Lebanon was a long-running disaster. Increased involvement in Syria may turn out the same way.

Two Ships Passing in the Night: The Story of US-Iranian Relations

Even before the Iranian Revolution, Iranians had concerns about US policy toward Iran and since the Revolution both countries have legitimate issues that should be resolved if for no other reason than to enhance security and stability.

Dealing with Iran

America should stop talking about regime change. It only strengthens the mullahs.


Conservatives for Empire

America spends more than anyone on defense, yet faces no existential threats. So what are the likes of Bill Kristol, Arthur Brooks and Ed Feulner afraid of?

Books & Reviews

Botching Iran

With regards to Tehran, it is America that has been the constant bungler.

The Appeal of Iran, Review of Shahram Chubin's Iran's National Security Policy: Capabilities and Intentions

Before we can begin to fashion a sensible Iran policy, the first task is to grasp the full dimensions of what Iran is all about.

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April 19, 2014