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Iran’s Likely Options if Attacked by the United States

Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated in the recent days with each side warning the other of a swift and lethal retaliation if provoked. At the moment, the possibility of any violence occurring is low unless Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) or its proxy network makes a mistake. The two sides are engaged in heated rhetoric...    read more 

Designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

President Trump’s recent decision to formally identify the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) has been long overdue.The FTO designation was originally developed by Congress during the Clinton Administration.Abuses in its application by State Department, most notably Madeline Albright’s designation of the Ir...    read more 

The Israeli-Egyptian Peace: Everyone Wants Peace but the Palestinians

In stark contrast to the extraordinary vision and courage displayed by Israeli Prime Minster Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in signing their peace treaty 40 years ago, the Palestinian leadership has been staunchly rejectionist and a serial squanderer of opportunities for peace. One can only hope that the Arab regimes, which appear increasi...    read more 

Sierra Leone – The Beginning of a Bright Future

Out of the most desperate of situations, there occasionally emerges the right person at the right time.  In Sierra Leone that person may be President Julius Maada Bio. ...    read more 

The US-Taliban peace agreement

It was reported recently that the USA and the Taliban have reached a peace agreement on Afghanistan that will allow US forces to leave that country 17 years after they invaded it on October, 2001, less than a month after 9/11. Al Qaeda had used that dysfunctional state as a safe haven and, while there, was able to plan and execu...    read more 

Israel-Russia relations in the changed scenario in the Middle East

The defeat of ISIS, the emergence of Russia as the patron of the Assad regime, and President Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of US forces from Syria have affected the policies and alliances of Israel, Iran, the US, and Russia with respect to that country, potentially leading to a wide-scale conflagration. To reduce the risk [&hellip...    read more 

Why the West Should Care About the Turmoil in Armenia

National Security Advisor John Bolton is planning to visit the South Caucasus, a strategic mountainous region sandwiched between Russia, Turkey and Iran, which changed hands repeatedly between these imperial masters for the last one thousand years...    read more 

President Trump, Tell the Palestinians: No Negotiations Without Recognition of Jewish Self-Determination

The great promise of the letters exchanged between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat in September 1993 was that Israel and the Palestinians (and the Arab world more generally) seemed on the cusp of peace...    read more 

Corruption Is China’s Friend in Its Quest to Dominate Africa

China’s economic expansion into Africa has benefited Beijing tremendously by allowing access to natural resources. Yet it forced the continent’s national governments to borrow heavily for infrastructure projects. Moreover, with China’s expansion came unmitigated corruption that no one bothers to hide anymore...    read more 

Chinese Aid and Investment Are Good for Africa

Next week, presidents and ministers from across Africa will make their way to Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, a lavish pageant designed to showcase China’s engagement with African nations. At the last FOCAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a massive $60 billion in commercial loans to Africa, a sum that far outstrips U.S. le...    read more