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    Mixed Messaging Is Ineffective Foreign Policy

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United States culminated on Friday in the first conversation between the Iranian and American presidents in over three decades. With a new round of negotiations between United Nations Security Council members and Iran set to take place later this month, an important national … More

    Iran Leader in Sheep’s Clothing

    It fell to the last speaker at the United Nations yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to warn the U.N. General Assembly of Iran’s new charm offensive. Sanctions, not negotiations, are the way to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, Netanyahu said. His final warning was stern and categorical: “Israel will … More

    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