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Black Smoke On The Horizon: Will Attacks on Oil Facilities in Saudi Arabia Spark a Conflagration?

48 hours after oil facilities were attacked in Saudi Arabia, Middle East Specialist David Ottaway thinks the next 48 hours are crucial for the world. In this Need to Know episode, Ottaway walks us through what happened, and what we don't know yet, and how all of this could turn into a much larger power play in the Middle East.

Nuclear Crises with North Korea and Iran: From Transformational to Transactional Diplomacy

The ongoing nuclear impasses with both North Korea and Iran reflect a persisting tension in U.S. policy—whether the objective toward “rogue” states should be to change their regimes’ behavior or to change the regimes themselves. Should nuclear diplomacy be transactional, focused narrowly on the discrete nuclear challenge, or transformational, comprehensively addressing these regimes’ objectionable behavior? Rhetorically, with both North Korea and Iran, the Trump administration aspires for the transformational.

AfPak File: What Do U.S.-Iran Tensions Mean For Pakistan?

With U.S.-Iran relations in serious crisis, Pakistan finds itself in a uniquely vulnerable position. It has significant relationships with Tehran’s U.S. and Saudi rivals. It has a large Shia population that may exceed 30 million. And it shares a border with Iran.

What does the U.S.-Iran confrontation mean for Islamabad, and how does it affect Pakistan’s stated position of neutrality in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry?

US-Iran Relations: The Scowcroft Transcripts

The Shah of Iran was once memorably described by Henry Kissinger as “that rarest of leaders, an unconditional ally, and one whose understanding of the world enhanced our own.”[1] After he left office, Kissinger aggressively promoted the view that US-Iran relations had been trouble-free and mutually beneficial until the 1979 revolution, which he blamed on the Carter administration.

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