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Experts Agree: Iran Is Not Iraq
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Iraq is now a nation with a broken political and civil infrastructure, weakened by years of war, cruel sanctions, and rampant sectarian violence. Iran, while struggling with unemployment, fuel shortages, increasing international isolation, and other domestic problems, has a stable government, a formidable military, and a very strong influence in the region.
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Rice and Gates Divided over Iran's Role in Iraq
Saturday, January 5, 2008
A State Department official's assertion in late December that Iran had exerted a restraining influence on Iraqi Shiite militia violence signaled a major divergence of views between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates over how to portray Iran's role in Iraq.
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Russia’s Policy in the Gulf and South Asia
Saturday, January 5, 2008
There is substantial debate in the United States over whether Russia is an adversary or an ally of US efforts to stabilize the Gulf and South Asia region. The United States and Russia would appear to be natural allies in the post-September 11 Gulf and South Asia region; terrorism and extremism emanating from that region threatens both mostly Christian powers.
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Time for a U-Turn in US's Iran Policy
Saturday, January 5, 2008
By all indication, the seams around the US Iran policy are foundering, turning a once coherent, albeit one-dimensional and even unrealistic, coercive policy of containment into a hodge-podge, with worrying signs of incoherence, ambivalence, wait and see attitude intermixed with half-hearted half steps dominating the scene, lacking any sound framework to work with. In a word, the US's Iran policy is on the verge of becoming a non-policy.
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Washington’s Diplomatic Thaw
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Pragmatism appears to be driving Washington’s maneuvering. U.S. efforts to win a third round of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran have been impacted by a December 2007 U.S. intelligence report concluding Tehran likely ceased its nuclear weapons program in late 2003.
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CHALLENGES 2007-2008: Bush’s Twilight Year Looks Grim
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
If the last days of 2007 are any indication, U.S. President George W. Bush’s last year in office is shaping up as grim and lonely.
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Gates Led Realist Resurgence in 2007
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
2007 will likely go down in US history as the year in which the balance of power in the long-running struggle between hawks and realists in the administration of President George W. Bush shifted decisively in favor of the latter.
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Cautious Hope for Peaceful Middle East
Monday, December 24, 2007
Unlike 2007, a rather bloody year in the history of modern Middle East, 2008 should have a better prospect for peace than at any time since 2001, year zero in the American-declared "global war on terror", assuming that the lame-duck George W Bush administration does not somehow stifle that prospect.
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Eyeball to Eyeball in the Persian Gulf
Monday, December 24, 2007
Despite critical strategic importance and escalating military deployment, reliable mechanisms to alleviate tension in the waters of the Persian Gulf region remain weak or non-existent. Three major wars during the past three decades have created one of the most volatile regions in the world, an area that is also the hub to nearly half the energy needs of the industrialized world.
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Implications of the U.S. Assessment on Iran
Monday, December 24, 2007
Iran nuclear file is far from “closed, and that an appropriate and prudent US policy—the policy restated by the Administration after the release of the NIE—would be to continue to rally the international community to progressively increase international sanctions on Iran until it suspends its uranium enrichment program. In some ways, the NIE supported a continuation of existing policy by attributing Iran’s 2003 halt to its covert nuclear weapons program to international pressure and scrutiny.
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