Chris Toensing is the executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project.

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How Much of Romney's Bellicosity Toward Iran Is Just Campaign Theatrics?

Mitt Romney is playing the same cynical game as Benjamin Netanyahu.

Iran in the Campaign's Crosshairs

Mitt Romney is playing the same cynical game as Benjamin Netanyahu.

Plain Old Murder

The Pakistani government loudly protests that many of the casualties of drone strikes are civilian.

Lip Service Is All the Bahraini Opposition Will Ever Get From Washington*

President Obama promised that he'd stop buttressing autocratic regimes, but Bahrain's popular revolt is still being crushed.
Operation Lip Service

Operation Lip Service

A year after President Obama promised that Washington would stop buttressing autocratic regimes, Bahrain's popular revolt is still being crushed.

Body Counts in Libya Could Prove Embarrassing

Conventional wisdom holds that NATO bombing saved countless lives.
Libya’s Lessons

Libya's Lessons

Body counts would be embarrassing.
A Year after Tahrir

A Year after Tahrir

The Arab revolts disrupted a dispiriting pattern in the Arab world, and these political and intellectual challenges continue to resonate.
Ratcheting up the Rhetoric on Iran

Ratcheting up the Rhetoric on Iran

The Democratic Party has tried to out-hawk Republicans since the early days of the Cold War.
Blocking Palestinian Statehood

Blocking Palestinian Statehood

The Obama administration looks particularly bad, having spent so much diplomatic energy throughout the Arab Spring pledging to realign U.S. interests in the Middle East with American values of freedom, justice, and dignity.
Washington’s Physics Problem in Iraq

Washington's Physics Problem in Iraq

There's a growing bipartisan consensus in favor of a prolonged "residual" occupation of Iraq without any open debate about the merits of this dangerous and expensive plan.
Washington Still Refuses to Learn an Obvious Lesson

Washington Still Refuses to Learn an Obvious Lesson

With Osama bin Laden's demise, it's high time that our leaders realize that short-term gains from alliances with tyrannical regimes aren't worth the long-term problems they foster.

No More Mr. Nice Autocracy

Democrats and Republicans alike have long wished that U.S.-allied Arab states would forever remain docile dictatorships.

Rebranding the Iraq War

The change upon the advent of Operation New Dawn will be largely atmospheric.

Regional Implications of the Iraq War

Contrary to the stated aspirations of Washington hawks, the Iraq War has dealt a body blow to the many Middle Eastern activists working for democracy and peace. On these grounds alone, the war has been an unmitigated disaster.

U.S. Support for the Iraqi Opposition

On December 17, 2002, a long-delayed conference of the Iraqi opposition in exile concluded in London.

Bush's Middle East Policy: Look to his Advisers

There is little in the above record to suggest a major departure in Middle East policy when Bush takes office in January.

Topics of Interest

Iraq, Israel, Middle East, U.S. Military/Security Policy

In the News

Iran in the Campaign's Crosshairs

YubaNet | October 10, 2012

Plain Old Murder

Blue Table Talk | July 31, 2012

Plain Old Murder

YubaNet | July 30, 2012

Operation Lip Service

Antiwar.com | May 15, 2012

Ratcheting up the Rhetoric on Iran

Antiwar.com | December 13, 2011