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Iran Agreement Won't Stop Growing Menace From Foe
By Ilan Berman, Orlando Sentinel, August 31, 2016
 

Years from now, historians are sure to view the nuclear deal concluded last year between Iran and the P5+1 powers - the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, France and Germany - as the greatest foreign policy achievement of President Obama's second term. But it is far less clear that they will see the agreement as having advanced America's strategic interests. 

 
Peace and Democracy in Colombia
By Christine Balling, Foreign Affairs, August 30, 2016
 

On a hot rainy day in August 2013, a group of young Colombians were celebrating the completion of a playground project in the village of Villarrica, Tolima. The project was funded by a nonprofit, Fundación ECCO, which I founded to encourage youths in rural areas affected by violence to develop leadership skills and engage in the democratic process.

 
Iran's Ahmadinejad Is Betting On A Comeback
By Ilan Berman, The National Interest, August 25, 2016
 

Does anyone remember Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Until recently, the Islamic radical and former military officer who served as Iran's sixth president could be considered something of a political footnote. 

 
Humiliation on the High Seas
By Stephen Bryen and Shoshana Bryen, U.S. News & World Report, August 25, 2016
 

The United States was humiliated this week when the USS Nitze came under simulated attack by four Iranian missile and torpedo-equipped speedboats in international waters. Despite American warnings, radio calls, flares and foghorns, two of the boats came within a few hundred yards of the Nitze. Iran is harassing American naval warships in the Persian Gulf while Washington refuses to acknowledge Iranian threats for reasons that are both political and practical.

 
Blowing Up America's Nuke Policy
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, August 16, 2016
 

President Barack Obama is considering making a "no first use" declaration regarding U.S. nuclear weapons. Under this framework, it would be the policy of the United States not to resort to using nuclear weapons in a potential crisis unless another country did first. This is widely seen as a legacy move in the final months of Obama's presidency, a way to cement his anti-nuclear reputation in history. 

 
No International Pariah
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 26, 2016
 

Israel's growing diplomatic, military, and economic ties across the Middle East Africa, and Asia should shatter an enduring myth: that the Israel-Palestinian conflict will make Israel an international pariah. 

These ties reflect not only the foresight of Israel's leaders, the doggedness of its diplomacy and the strength of its economy, but also the rise of Iran in the region and the spread of terrorism beyond it. 

 
Turkey's Coup Attempt Has Played Straight Into Erdogan's Hands
By Ilan Berman, National Review Online, July 20, 2016
 

Back in 2008, at the height of the global economic meltdown, Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama's designee for chief of staff, summed up his guiding political philosophy. "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste," he told the Wall Street Journal. "Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with." 

 
Come At The King, You Best Not Miss
By James S. Robbins, U.S. News & World Report, July 19, 2016
 

Machiavelli counseled, "never do an enemy a small injury." Ralph Waldo Emerson rendered the same thought as, "never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him." The coup plotters in Turkey can ponder these aphorisms from their cells while they await their potentially grisly fates. 

 
A Bitter Birthday For The Iran Deal
By Ilan Berman, U.S. News & World Report, July 14, 2016
 

Before the nuclear deal between Iran and the countries of the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) was concluded a year ago today, the true extent of the compromise struck over Iran's nuclear ambitions wasn't yet publicly known.

 
The Iran of Old
By Lawrence J. Haas, U.S. News & World Report, July 12, 2016
 

As the global nuclear deal with Iran marks its one-year anniversary this week, Tehran is maintaining its fierce anti-Americanism, receiving $100 billion-plus in sanctions relief with which it can better confront the United States in its region and beyond, and apparently trying to cheat its way to nuclear weaponry.