Is U.S. President Barack Obama the last great Cold War statesman?

Read the full World Politics Review article Iran Nuclear Deal Reveals Cold War Roots of Obama’s Statesmanship

Apr 06, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

President Obama is laboring to defend not just the merits of a nuclear framework with Iran but how the finalization of such a pact would affect his ability to confront Tehran's growing influence.

Read the full Washington Examiner article After nuclear framework, will Obama be able to confront Iran?

Apr 07, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

The U.S., Iran and other world powers reached a framework agreement, curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least 10 years. Joy Reid, Fred Kaplan, and James Traub discuss the historic achievement and the critical reaction to it.

Apr 03, 2015
James Traub
Middle East, United States

Relations between Israel and the US are at their most strained in years, following comments by newly-re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there wouldn't be a Palestinian state on “his watch.”

Read the full Voice of America article Palestinians Consider UN Options

Apr 01, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

Unlike al Qaeda, which offers victory in some remote era, ISIS, in occupying territory and declaring the caliphate, invites its followers to live in the prophesied paradise now.

Read the full Wall Street Journal book review The Demonic Wellspring

Mar 16, 2015
James Traub
Middle East

The Republican majority in the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker John Boehner, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama are engaged in a vital debate on how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program.

Feb 04, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Europe, Middle East, United States

There were signs of easing tensions in some parts of the international system last week, but warnings of deepening crises on other fronts.

Read the full World Politics Review article Big-Power ‘Buffering’ Mechanisms Needed to Manage Era of Disorder

Nov 12, 2014
Richard Gowan

It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least among American political analysts, that the struggle against violent Islamist extremism is back in play as an organizing principle in international affairs.

Read the full World Politics Review article U.N. Trapped on Front Lines of New Struggle With Violent Islamists

Nov 04, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

United Nations peace operations suffered major blows in August and September, highlighting both the organization’s contribution to global security and its growing vulnerability.

Read the full Chatham House report The blue helmet blues

Oct 07, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Last week’s top-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York offered three basic lessons. The first is that the United States can still dominate the U.N. when it wants to. The second is that a clear majority of other countries’ leaders are quite relieved to follow an American lead. But the third is that the U.N. is only really still relevant in two—admittedly sensitive—regions: Africa and the Middle East.

Sep 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

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