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    The Anatolian Eagle Is Looking Eastward

    In late September–early October, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s SU-27 fighters participated for the first time in the Turkish military’s aerial maneuvers. By including the PLAAF in these maneuvers (known as “Anatolian Eagle”) Ankara is signaling another shift in its geopolitical orientation, as well as the emergence of … More

    Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks: Expect Rope-a-Dope Diplomacy

    Iran’s embattled regime Saturday announced that it is ready to resume talks about Iran’s illicit nuclear activities, which have triggered four rounds of U.N. sanctions. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that “We think late October or early November will be an appropriate date for the talks by the representatives of … More

    Chavez' Visit to Russia: Infected by 'VIRUS'?

    According to international press reports, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is planning to visit Russia, Belarus, and Iran later next week. In Moscow, he will sign a series of agreements on trade and technology. The Obama Administration needs to let its Moscow counterparts know that unbridled support of a mercurial Latin … More

    With Enemies Like These: Facebook and Twitter Under Iranian Attack

    Iran’s mullahs may be hoping to capitalize on Facebook, the movie, which opens in theaters here in the U.S. this weekend, a film also known by its official title The Social Network. Certainly, no one could accuse the leadership in Tehran of not having a taste for drama. Not to … More

    U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Human Rights Violators

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday announced the imposition of sanctions against eight Iranian officials who were responsible for severe violations of Iranian human rights during the June 2009 government crackdown. The officials included the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s Prosecutor General, the Minister of Intelligence, and … More

    Jimmy Carter’s National Security Policies—The Sequel?

    They remade the Brady Bunch, Charlie’s Angels, and The A-Team—why not replay the presidency of Jimmy Carter? The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund joined the chorus last week with a piece titled The Carter-Obama Comparisons Grow: “Mr. Carter himself heightening comparisons with his own presidency,” Fund wrote, “by publishing his … More

    Russia's Iran Dilemma

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently stated that there is no proof that Iran is building nuclear weapons. The Russian Federation has held this position for a long time. However, Lavrov apparently has not heard what his boss, president Dmitry Medvedev said—and did—on this matter. Moscow voted in favor of … More

    Ahmadinejad at the U.N.: Half-baked Conspiracy Theories

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again made news at the U.N. General Assembly yesterday by suggesting that 9/11 terrorist attack was orchestrated by the U.S. government in a plot that somehow would boost its economy and help Israel. The U.S. delegation walked out before the tiny tyrant could finish his regurgitation … More

    Ahmadinejad's U.N. Blustering: The U.S. could face a "real war"

    Iran’s bombastic President Ahmadinejad once again has strutted to the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York to denounce, whine about and threaten the United States, the West, Israel and various international institutions.   Soon after arriving, Ahmadinejad told the Associated Press that “the future belongs to Iran” and that … More

    U.S. Needs Stronger Response to Human Rights Violations in Iran

    Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 produced the current Islamic republic, university students in the country have been on the frontlines of speaking out against the repressive measures of the Ayatollahs’ government. This week an exhibit at Georgetown University’s Law Center is showcasing portraits of Iranian students who have taken … More