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    Netanyahu: Don’t Be Fooled by Iran’s Rouhani

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday not to fall prey to Iranian President Rouhani’s smooth talk. Netanyahu argued that since the 1979 revolution, Iran has used different rhetorical strategies, but the regime has not changed; it is as determined as ever to build nuclear … More

    Rouhani Blames West for Concern over Iran

    President of Iran Hassan Rouhani blamed U.S. concern about Iran’s continuing nuclear enrichment on “false propaganda” seeking to portray Iran as a threat. In an address to the Asia Society in New York last week, Rouhani said it is a national imperative for him to answer any reasonable questions about … More

    Iran: Human Rights Record Belies New Era

    One look at the human rights record of Iran should serve as a warning against President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive launched at the United Nations on Tuesday. “My hope, aside from personal and national experience, emanates from the belief shared by all divine religions that a good and bright future … More

    Rouhani’s U.N. Speech: Softer Rhetoric, but Iran Remains Defiant

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran snubbed the Obama Administration’s efforts to stage a symbolic meeting and delivered an underwhelming speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Although he brought a change of tone, there was little change in substance: Iran continues to refuse to comply with U.N. Security … More

    Obama at United Nations: The World Is Safer—or It Isn’t

      President Obama this morning laid out a foreign policy roadmap for the remainder of his presidency. However, his audience at the United Nations General Assembly might be excused for finding it confusing. In Obama’s speech, assertions were followed by contradictions, and top priorities were undermined by caveats. Under leadership … More

    Iran: Change of Face or a Change of Tune?

    In the aftermath of the recent election of Hassan Rouhani, the world’s view of Iran has gradually softened. After all, Rouhani has reached out in unprecedented ways, including exchanging personal correspondence with President Obama, wishing Jews a blessed Rosh Hashanah, and expressing a continued desire to engage in direct talks … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More

    Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

    Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy practitioner, it is also an act of information warfare. After all, Russia views the United States as a strategic competitor, if … More

    The Syrian Off Ramp to Nowhere

    President Obama’s speech tonight makes one thing clear: Despite all his bellicose rhetoric, he never wanted to strike Syria in the first place. Yes, he has focused on making a case for military action, but the real action now will be diplomatic—responding to the Russian proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical … More

    Who Are the Rebels in Syria?

    No one knows for certain the number of organized opposition groups in Syria and opposition militia forces fighting in the Syrian civil war. These irregular guerrilla forces fighting primarily against the Syrian army range from secular groups to Salafi Islamist militants. The Islamist factions are reportedly split between groups that … More