The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have brokered a deal with with Iran for some nuclear concessions in exchange for a modicum of sanctions relief. The concessions on sanctions are in and of themselves not dramatic, but the reversal in momentum for sanctions and the loss of the psychology of impenetrable sanctions is of immeasurable value to Tehran. Here's a look at the latest from AEI's foreign and defense policy experts.
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American strategies that rely on severe tensions within Iran’s senior leadership or that imagine that Rouhani is somehow seriously at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC on foreign, defense, or nuclear policy are likely to fail.
The establishment and expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (IS) represents a step-change in the threat to American homeland security and national security generally. This is the first time that an al Qaeda-affiliated group has made the leap from stateless terrorist organization to a quasi-state with a combat-effective army.
This Political Report presents public opinion on a variety of current topics, including the increased violence in Iraq, Iran, and Nixon's resignation, as its 40th anniversary approaches on August 8, 2014. This issue also gives a midterm election lay of the land as we head into November.
AEI resident scholar Michael Rubin and senior research associate Ahmad Majidyar have released a booklet highlighting the diversity of Shi’ite communities in the Middle East, the political and diplomatic issues unique to each one, and efforts by each to resist Iranian political and religious domination.
The Middle East need not have unraveled in the way that it did; nor can we separate out the escalating shooting war between Israel and Hamas from the larger conflict engulfing the entire region. Since the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens June 12, likely by Hamas terrorists, the group has hit Israel almost daily with its arsenal of ever more sophisticated rocketry.
As sectarian violence rages Iraq and Syria and simmers across the broader region, the role of the Middle East’s diverse Shi’ite communities has become increasingly important for regional stability.