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The Discovery Of A Decades-Old Corpse Unearths A New Threat To Iran's Theocracy

quoting Abbas Milanivia Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The latest threat to Iran's theocracy — already struggling to contain public anger over unemployment, economic mismanagement, bank failures, social restrictions and environmental damage — seems to have risen from the dead.

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Iran on the Brink: Challenges & Opportunities for Washington

by Sanam Vakilvia Analysis
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In this essay, Sanam Vakil assesses the four interconnected economic, regional, domestic, and nuclear deal challenges besetting Iran.  These challenges have emerged due to renewed US pressure against Iran but also stem from Iran’s endemic factional tensions between pragmatists and conservatives and their ideological differences on how to best protect the Islamic Republic.  Vakil also argues that the gravity of these challenges offers a unique opportunity to the Trump administration to move beyond its traditional containment policy toward a meaningful grand strategy to reduce US-Iranian tensions. 


Russell Berman: Hoover Scholar Talks About The Crisis In Syria – And How To Resolve It

interview with Russell A. Bermanvia Stanford News
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Russell Berman talks about the complexities of the Syrian conflict and how peace can be achieved.

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Pakistan: Neither Ally, Nor Enemy

by Bing West via Strategika
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Last April, Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, a distinguished diplomat, summarized American policy toward Pakistan. “Every time a new administration in Washington comes to office,” he said, “they get worried about Pakistan, which has a stockpile of nuclear weapons. The US Secretary of State then visits Pakistan and meets the top leadership.

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Tell Congress: Curb The President’s War Powers

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Common Dreams
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The attack on Syria was an open violation of international law and of the U.S. Constitution.


Michael McFaul: Macron Must Offer Trump A "Symbolic Gesture" To Keep U.S. In Iran Deal

interview with Michael McFaulvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, April 23, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the meeting between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and whether President Macron can convince President Trump to at least delay pulling out of Iran nuclear deal.


Listen: Abbas Milani – Will The Recent Syrian Attacks Mean Increased Hostilities Between Iran And Israel?

interview with Abbas Milanivia KXL-FM
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Abbas Milani discusses the recent Syrian chemical attacks and whether these attacks will lead to an escalation in tensions between Iran and Israel, and if so what does that mean for the US and the rest of the world?


Ep. 398: Waiting On A Friend (20:10)

interview with Michael McFaul, Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses the warming relations with North Korea, what to do about Syria, and how to handle Russia and President Putin.

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Attacking Syria: Implications For The Rule Of Law

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Foreign Policy Journal
Thursday, April 19, 2018

At this stage it seems reasonable to wonder whether Syria was attacked because it didn’t use chemical weapons rather than because it did. That may seem strange until we remember rather weighty suspicions surrounding the main accusers, especially the White Helmets with their long standing links to the U.S. Government, and past skepticism about their inflammatory accusations that critics claim reflect fabricated evidence conveniently available at crisis moments.


Marko Kounalakis On Middle East (1:39:10)

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia The Lars Larson Show
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis talks about the Middle East especially Turkey, President Erdogan, and snap elections.