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Jul 17, 2015, 1:28 AM
The Iraq war anointed Iran as a regional heavyweight—not the Vienna agreement
The most common objection to the Vienna agreement that may secure Iranian nuclear cooperation is that the deal essentially blesses Iran to become a regional hegemon. Avi Issacharoff writes that “US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John...
May 19, 2015, 4:38 PM
King Salman is leading a revolution in Saudi defense strategy, and it may have nuclear implications
Saudi Arabia is threatening, once again, that it will pursue a nuclear capacity to match Iran. It bears mentioning that they’ve done this many times before, and have levied other empty-sounding threats at the U.S. when it is unhappy...
Mar 26, 2015, 6:48 PM
With their backs to the wall, the Saudis look for more options
There is disquiet in the Sunni Gulf capitals—especially in Riyadh. All the winds are blowing in Iran’s direction, and American policy is partly responsible—and not just because of the ongoing nuclear negotiations. The collapse of the Saudi/U.S.-backed government in Yemen...
Oct 30, 2014, 7:01 PM
Why the settlements are bigger than just a few acres of land
TOI editor-in-chief David Horovitz identified the issue that has been causing Israel more trouble internationally than any other: the West Bank settlements. He knows that they are a problem, but I can’t tell what his tone is when he...
Oct 14, 2014, 2:37 AM
Governance: Why air power alone will not defeat ISIS
A Daily Beast article from last Friday makes the case that American combat air power in Iraq and Syria is hampered by the lack of a forward ground component to precisely identify ISIS targets in a timely manner. It...
Sep 1, 2014, 2:14 AM
Putin is not triumphant. He is desperate
Europe is alarmed by Vladimir Putin’s actions, and it should be. What it should not do is panic. The Russian incursion into Ukraine over the last week is sure to radically transform European visions of national defense and reverse the...
Aug 4, 2014, 10:29 PM
Bibi’s post-American Israel
Political Islam is dividing the Middle East like never before. This we already knew. What has become apparent in the last few weeks is that it also could add greater distance to the U.S.–Israel relationship. A divide has formed in...
Jul 29, 2014, 9:10 PM
The freakout over Kerry’s Paris meeting: a critical examination
Without sarcasm, I applaud Elizabeth Tsurkov for asking the question: "Why did Israel reject Kerry's ceasefire proposal?" The rejection, after all, was unanimous within the security cabinet, and their opinion of it was so negative that they leaked the...
Jul 21, 2014, 7:30 PM
Where has all the strategy gone?
Fred Kaplan’s most recent column in Slate repeats a common refrain: Israel can score operational successes, but it has no strategy to deal with Hamas. I have made the same assessment a number of times. But however bleak Israel’s...
Mar 31, 2014, 9:52 PM
Putin is not the winner in the Ukraine crisis
A couple of weeks ago, a New Republic article used a piece of behavioral economics, known as prospect theory, to interpret recent events in Ukraine: Rose McDermott, a Brown University professor and author of Risk-Taking in International Politics, says that...
Dan Rozenson is a graduate student in security policy at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He also writes about baseball at Baseball Prospectus.