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    Ayatollah Kani, Acid Attacks, and Wendy Sherman

    Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani

    Iranian officials mourn the recently deceased Assembly of Experts’ chairman Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani, Friday prayer leaders strongly condemned the recent acid attacks on women, and a hard-line news outlet criticizes recent comments made by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

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    Cutting off ISIS' Cash Flow

    Men walk among debris at an oil refinery and a gas station that were targeted by what activists said were U.S.-led air strikes, in the town of Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate, near the border with Turkey (REUTERS/Stringer).

    On October 23, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen gave a major address on the United States’ strategy to attack the financial foundation of the Islamic State group (also called ISIS or ISIL). Charles Lister argues that it’s more important than ever to focus on existing ISIS donors abroad. Additionally, he warns Washington not to disregard the separate but equally problematic Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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    Restraint or Preeminence in U.S. Grand Strategy?

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey participate in a Press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington (REUTERS/Larry Downing).

    On October 17, the Brookings Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy hosted a discussion on U.S. grand strategy to discuss whether the United States should remain actively engaged abroad to ensure international order, or if it should adopt an approach of limited military engagement around the world and refocus on its domestic national security interests.

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    US-Led Anti-ISIS Coalition Emboldens Iran and Alienates Allies

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense chiefs to discuss the coalition efforts in the ongoing campaign against ISIL at Joint Base Andrews in Washington (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque).

    In a Mosaic Magazine opinion piece, Michael Doran argues that the American-led international campaign against the Islamic State remains counterproductive, as key U.S. allies in the region have become further alienated by what they perceive to be the Obama administration silently partnering with Iran.

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    Iran Headlines: Vienna Talks, Friday Prayers, and Economic Growth

    (L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are photographed as they participate in a trilateral meeting in Vienna (REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster).

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Vienna this week, Friday prayer leaders around Iran discussed the sedition of 2009, ISIS and Kobani, and Tehran’s Central Bank announced that Iran’s economy grew 4.6% in the past year.  Read More

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    Reading Between the Red Lines: An Anatomy of Iran's Eleventh-Hour Nuclear Negotiating Strategy

    Video cameras are set up for the start of a news conference at the United Nations headquarters building (Vienna International Center) in Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger).

    After yet another inconclusive round of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna, Tehran is simultaneously reinforcing its red lines while raising expectations that a final agreement remains within reach. While these may sound like mixed messages, in fact they represent a sophisticated strategy aimed at pressuring Washington and its negotiating partners to accede to Tehran’s stipulations for a deal. Suzanne Maloney outlines the elements of Tehran's eleventh-hour approach, which has been remarkably effective in framing the final push toward a deal. What remains uncertain still is whether it will succeed.
     

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    Satan’s Slaves: Why ISIS Wants to Enslave a Religious Minority in Iraq

    Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal).

    As Islamic State fighters continue to overrun villages in Iraq, William McCants explores their apocalyptic justification for enslaving Yazidi women through their own misogynistic interpretation of Shari’a law.  Read More

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    Brookings Scholars Examine US Intervention in Iraq and Syria

    United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama meets with military senior leadership to receive an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, at the Pentagon in Washington (REUTERS/Gary Cameron).

    On October 8, Brookings scholars from the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, Center for Middle East Policy and Brookings Doha Center gathered at the University of California, Washington D.C. Center to address challenges that U.S. policy makers face as the Obama administration continues to formulate a strategy to battle the ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The event was held in conjunction with the newly published Brookings Institution analysis paper written by senior fellow Kenneth Pollack, “Building a Better Syrian Army: The How and The Why.”  Read More

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    Iran Headlines: Kobani, Friday Prayers, and Nuclear Talks

    Smoke rising in the Syrian town of Kobani

    Iran’s Friday prayer leaders discuss the ongoing ISIS siege on the Syrian city of Kobani, government officials criticize the American-led coalition against ISIS, and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi expresses doubt in reaching a nuclear deal by the November 24 deadline.  Read More

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    Why Flexing America's Muscles in the Middle East Will Not Make Things Worse

    A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer supersonic bomber flies over northern Iraq after conducting air strikes in Syria against ISIL targets (REUTERS/Handout).

    In an Intelligence Squared debate earlier this week, Michael Doran rebutted the proposition that U.S. military action exacerbates the problems of the Middle East. Here, he provides excerpts of his argument and links to the full video footage and transcript of the Oxford-style debate.  Read More

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