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Iran In China’s Grand Strategy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

China does not have a fixed Iran doctrine. And Iran does not have a historic China doctrine, as it usually places its geostrategic emphasis on the Middle East, the United States, and Europe. But the two revolutionary regimes are coming together.


Why Iran Matters For American National Interest

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The negotiations in Vienna about a return to the JCPOA are continuing, at least as of this writing in late May. Perhaps there will be a breakthrough soon, one way or another, even before this Caravan goes to press, or the talks may drag on into the summer until a compromise is reached or until one side decides to call it quits.

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Whither The JCPOA With Iran

by James Jeffreyvia The Caravan
Friday, June 11, 2021

Within the next several weeks the United States and its partners could well agree with Iran for the ‘return’ of the U.S. and Iran to the provisions of the 2015 “Joint Comprehensive Program of Action” or JCPOA regulating Iran’s nuclear programs.

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The Gulf New Deal: Power, Competition, And The Renewable-Energy Transition In The Arab Monarchies

by Oliver McPherson-Smithvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

What does the global transition to renewable energy mean for the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf? This essay outlines the political rationale, and consequences, of the Gulf monarchies’ aggressive efforts to scale up their renewable power industries. Driven by political survival, these neighboring states are increasingly being drawn into regional economic rivalries and civilian nuclear development. For American foreign policy makers, this high-stakes transition poses a raft of unique challenges.

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Israel’s Grand Strategy Ripples Begin At Home

by Assaf Orionvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel was born into a state of war, with preponderant and unaccepting neighbors. Against daunting odds, it not only survived but prospered, gradually becoming recognized as a permanent, legitimate country in the Middle East and even a desired partner. Its success stems from its ability to harness its human talent and international networking potential into an advanced defensive enterprise, deftly managing rather than attempting to resolve conflicts.

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Falih Al-Fayyadh’s Fall From Grace: The Inside Story Of The Treasury Department’s Sanctioning Of Iraq’s PMF Chairman And What Is At Stake

via The Caravan Notebook
Friday, April 2, 2021

by Michael P. Brill

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced sanctions against Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Chairman Falih al-Fayyadh. An Iraqi politician who has demonstrated a proclivity for political survival, Fayyadh amassed considerable power in the state’s security services and paramilitary forces over the past decade.

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Iran In All The Wrong Places: The Islamic Republic's Shadowy Presence In West Africa

via The Caravan Notebook
Thursday, March 11, 2021

by Nicholas Rodman

In 2016, while participating in a congressionally sponsored trip to the sub-Saharan republic of Niger, I noticed along a wide dusty avenue in the country’s capital of Niamey, a street lined with international aid clinics.  One building in particular felt out of place...  Why would the Islamic Republic of Iran fund a medical aid clinic over 3000 miles away?

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Partner Or Pariah? Saudi Arabia, The Biden Administration, And Human Rights

by Cole Bunzelvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Biden administration has set for itself an ambitious human rights agenda. “When I am president, human rights will be at the core of U.S. foreign policy,” then candidate Joe Biden told the New York Times in February 2020, citing “China’s deepening authoritarianism” and “the unconscionable detention of over a million Uighurs in western China.”

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Saudi Human Rights

by Karen Elliott Housevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

If the Biden Administration lives up to its campaign promises and early governing pronouncements, human rights will play a larger role in its foreign policy than in that of the Trump Administration.  This isn’t necessarily good news.

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Egypt's Reckoning

by Samuel Tadrosvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

As a young man, Egypt’s legendary playwright, Tawfiq Al Hakim had worked as an assistant to the Attorney General in the Egyptian countryside. There he would witness firsthand the dismal state of the country’s fellahin and the grave injustices Egypt’s rural population lived under. The experience would leave a profound impact on the young author and would shape his views of Egypt’s ills and the necessity for social change that became evident in his literary works. 


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Hoover Institution Releases Book Examining the Future of Turkish Identity Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism By Zeyno Baran

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hoover Institution Press today released Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism, by Zeyno Baran. In Torn Country, she examines the intense struggle between Turkey’s secularists and Islamists in their recent battle to define Turkish identity.

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What is going on with Turkey?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Zeyno Baran is a contributor to the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, the director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Eurasian Policy, and a senior fellow at the Hudson's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. In her latest book, Torn Country: Turkey between Secularism and Islamism, she examines the intense struggle between Turkey’s secularists and Islamists in their most recent battles over their country’s destination.

Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad, by Hoover senior fellow Russell A. Berman.

Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad by Senior Fellow Russell A. Berman

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hoover Institution Press today announced the publication of Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad, by Hoover senior fellow Russell A. Berman. In his analysis of Europe’s ambivalence toward jihadist terror and the spread of aggressive Islamism, Berman focuses on the European responses—or lack thereof—to this profound threat to modern democracy.

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The Hoover Institution Announces Four Essays on Islamism

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Hoover Institution today announced publication of four essays on Islamism and international order: Saudi Arabia and the New Strategic Landscape, by Joshua Teitelbaum; Syria through Jihadist Eyes: The Perfect Enemy, by Nibras Kazimi; The Ideological Struggle for Pakistan, by Ziad Haider; and Islamism and the Future of the Christians in the Middle East, by Habib C. Malik. This diverse group of foreign policy experts highlights different and complex facets of Islamism and the Middle East.

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The Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on the Middle East and the Islamic World highlights the importance of studying both a region and a culture, while also addressing challenges outside the Middle East itself.

Chaired by Hoover fellow Russell Berman, the group draws on a wide network of scholars and practitioners, from within the United States and abroad, to support changes that enhance economic and political freedom, and foster personal liberty and rule of law—developments that are critical to the very order of the international system.

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