Iran

Trump Is Achieving His Goal of Being the un-Obama, except on Middle East Wars

How ironic that, halfway through President Donald Trump’s term and as Trump himself has done many times, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted former president Barack Obama as weak and vacillating in his recent speech in Cairo.
 
Why? Because while Trump is Mars and Obama is Venus, they’re alike in one important respect: when it comes to the use of force, especially in the Middle East, both believe the United States should avoid starting new wars and try to get out of old ones. 
 

Author Commentary on Losing Hearts and Minds: American-Iranian Relations and International Education during the Cold War

While most subfields of history have evolved considerably in the twenty-first century, the study of “diplomatic history” has been particularly transformed by methodological diversification. This new reality is conveyed in my recent book on American-Iranian relations during the reign of the last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-79). In Losing Hearts and Minds, I analyze the educational ties between Iranian students and Americans between the Second World War and the Iranian Revolution.

The Oman Scare: The Untold Story of Oman’s 'Almost Military Strike' on Iran

Oman’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, is one of the only Arab monarchs with close ties to Iran’s Islamic Republic. His international image is that of a measured statesman who stays out of regional conflicts – a trusted mediator who made possible the impossible in 2013 by hosting secret U.S.-Iran talks that led to the landmark nuclear agreement.

Atomizing Iran: Eisenhower and the Bomb

“The gravity of the time is such that every new avenue of peace, no matter how dimly discernible, should be explored.”

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, Address to the UN General Assembly, December 8, 1953

 

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