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December 15, 2017

United States
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2017

Last year a lot of people were asking if 2016 was the worst year ever. (It wasn’t.) I haven’t seen anyone making similar claims about 2017, but that doesn’t mean that this year didn’t produce its sha…

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December 22, 2016

Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering from December 18 to December 24, was comp…


December 22, 2015

Reassuring, Not Challenging, Iran

Since the signing of the nuclear deal with Islamic Republic of Iran, that government has treated the Obama administration with contempt. U.S. officials might have hoped Iran’s conduct would improve, …

July 15, 2015

Iran’s Nuclear Achievement

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a great achievement for Iran. In National Review today I write about the nuclear deal, having read it this morning. Given Iran’s weak bargaining position, w…

February 15, 2015

Why Can’t the White House See Terrorism and Anti-Semitism?

Recently I wrote a post critical of President Obama for calling the killings at a kosher grocery in Paris "random." Quite obviously they were not; they were meant to kill Jews. Today a meeting in Co…

August 20, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
The Cease Fire That Broke Itself, Part II

In a recent post, found here, I noted the widespread failure of news media sites to say straightforwardly that Hamas has broken several cease fires. This just happened again, so herewith a couple of …

January 23, 2014

Is There an Iran Deal?

Two remarkable statements must be juxtaposed to understand how much trouble lies ahead in trying to get a nuclear deal with Iran. Thus far, the trouble has been over the temporary arrangements, meant…

May 24, 2013

Iran’s Presidential Candidates: Two Are Terrorist Suspects, One Boasts of Beating Students

The disqualification of most of the men who sought to run in Iran’s presidential election has left a narrow field distinguished by allegations of involvement in terrorism and repression. Both Mohsen…

April 5, 2012

Freedom Suffers a Blow in Egypt

Egypt is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Article 18 states that: 1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. 2. Everyone shall h…

January 16, 2012

How Not To React To Provocations From Iran

If there is any chance of avoiding a military confrontation with Iran or the Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons, that chance will be the product of very resolute American policy toward Iran. In t…