Is Saudi Arabia Really Seeking Regime Change in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — Just as the Iranian judiciary was preparing to put those who stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran earlier this year on trial, former Saudi intelligence chief and diplomat Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud appeared to step up the campaign against Iran by appearing at the July 9 annual conference of the exiled Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) in Paris. Iran…

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From Iran to Syria, Trump’s ‘America First’ Approach Faces Its First Tests

WASHINGTON — Lurking behind the turmoil and the jockeying for advantage in President-elect Donald J. Trump’s effort to assemble a national security team lies the more fundamental question of how he will address the immediate and complex challenges he inherits upon taking office. Mr. Trump has never articulated any detailed foreign policy vision beyond the vague…

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The Iran Deal Is Doomed

Will President-elect Donald Trump crash the Iran deal on day one, as he said on the campaign trail? If so, Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will melt into air. Obama allies and Iran deal supporters at home and abroad are already showing their anxiety. The president-elect shouldn’t…

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In Trump Era, Israel Sees Opportunity to Shift Iran Approach

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to win from Donald Trump what he failed to wring from Barack Obama: a harder line against Iran. Aides to Netanyahu say the two men plan to meet in the first half of next year, probably by March, and the Israeli leader is already huddling with national security…

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Russia and Iran delight in UK’s rejection of EU

World leaders beyond the EU began the process of Friday of adjusting their relationship with the UK in the wake of the vote to leave, in reaction that ranged from trepidation to barely disguised glee in Moscow and Tehran. A top military official in the Iranian capital predicted that Scotland and Ireland would soon be…

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No such thing as reformers in Iran regime

In Iran, it’s always Groundhog Day: The U.S. should learn its lesson rather than repeatedly supporting reformers who aren’t BY ALI SAFAVI The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Welcome to U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. The endless repetition of failed policy choices with…

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Obama’s Iran Deal Caused The Administration To Ignore Valuable Nuclear Intelligence

Foreign policy circles are abuzz over a New York Times Magazine profile of White House foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes, boasting about manipulating “naïve” journalists into telling the American people how nascent moderation within the Iranian regime made the Iran nuclear talks viable. He also highlighted the White House creation of an “echo chamber” using outside groups…

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Critics of Iran deal got it wrong

Well senators, having second thoughts about signing that subversive letter to Iran? You should be. The longtime foe released 10 U.S. sailors Wednesday, less than 24 hours after taking them into custody. The details surrounding how two small U.S. naval boats allegedly drifted into Iranian waters are sketchy at best. But, come Wednesday morning, all…

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