The 47 Republican Samurai

The 47 Republican Samurai

In traditional Japanese culture, a samurai without a master is known as a ronin. The most popular tale featuring these leaderless samurai is the 18th-century Chusingura. It tells of a feudal lord who must commit ritual suicide after assaulting the court official who...
When Bibi Came to Town

When Bibi Came to Town

This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords. When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something...
Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

This was a speech threatening war. Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not “no” deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of a “better” deal, however, is grounded in...
Time for a Reckoning on Iran Sanctions

Time for a Reckoning on Iran Sanctions

With President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, U.S.-Iranian relations have been thrust back into the news cycle. The dominant narrative in this coverage—at least the one put forth by his critics—is that Hagel is “too...
Iran’s Survival Strategy

Iran’s Survival Strategy

It is by now common knowledge that Western-imposed economic sanctions on Iran have had detrimental impacts on the Iranian economy. Iranian officials have long since shifted their public statements from outright denial to explicit acknowledgement of the effect of...

Iran Navy Reassures West It Won’t Block Strait of Hormuz

Moqawama, the official Hezbollah site (as linked to by Robert Johnson at Business Insider) recently featured a graphic on how Iran might retaliate for the sanctions imposed on it by the West. It depicts seven different missiles that could cripple an American aircraft...

A Test Case on Iran Sanctions

Cross-posted from the Project on Government Oversight. If there’s one thing most Americans support in foreign policy, it’s sanctions against Iran to halt its alleged drive for nuclear weapons. From President Obama to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt...
America’s Sanctions Hit Home

America’s Sanctions Hit Home

On the occasion of the Persian New Year, President Obama delivered a recorded video message to the Iranian people. He highlighted the many ways the Iranian government denies its citizens access to information, including censoring media outlets and filtering the...

Sanctions Debate Heats Up

With mid-term elections only six months away, many lawmakers are eager to demonstrate their strong support for Israel, which has argued for the adoption of “crippling” sanctions against the Islamic Republic as the only way to halt its alleged effort to...