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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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    ISIS Fantasies of an Apocalyptic Showdown in Northern Syria

    Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province (REUTERS/Murad Sezer).

    William McCants explores the apocalyptic ideology driving ISIS's military strategy with a focus on the prophecy pushed by the Islamic State that the Day of Judgement will occur in the city of Dabiq, Syria.  Read More

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    What Rouhani's Week in New York Means for Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) escorts Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York (REUTERS/Jewel Samad).

    Last week's New York visit by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani fell short of the hype and historic breakthroughs that marked his September 2013 trip. These dashed hopes should not overshadow what Rouhani's New York trip did accomplish: it clarified for Americans and the world that Iran's strategy is to play out the clock on the approaching deadline for securing a comprehensive deal and to wield its role in the intensifying regional turmoil as leverage in securing more favorable terms. This strategy, while perfectly rational from an Iranian perspective, is almost certain to produce a disastrous outcome for Iran, the region, and the world.

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    Netanyahu in New York and Washington

    On September 29, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he emphasized that Israel's war with Hamas and the current U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS stem from the same cause — the threat to the international order posed by militant Islam. Ahead of Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama, Natan Sachs outlines key points in the speech and argues that the prime minister will seek assurance that U.S. resolve on Iran has not diminished, while hoping that the bleak prospect for peace with the Palestinians does not top the agenda.

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    What Is the Central Strategic Question in the Middle East?

    The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile, as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf (REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst/U.S. Navy).

    Michael Doran argues that the core threats to American national security in the Middle East today are the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the advance of the Iranian nuclear program, and the spread of Iranian influence throughout the region. They are almost entirely disconnected from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If a peace agreement were signed today, the political landscape of the Middle East would remain more or less the same, and so would the most consequential challenges it poses to the United States.  Read More

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