November 19, 2020
Clifford D. May, Richard Goldberg, John Bolton
The Rise of the Illiberal World Order
Let this be a warning to Biden: Iran has been cheating this whole time
New York Post
Who Votes With Russia at the OPCW?
Biden Must Not Give in to North Korea’s Demand for Early Sanctions Relief
Iranian Proxies in Bahrain Determined to Sabotage Peace With Israel
The death of a guest of the Ayatollah
The Washington Times
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U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy
A Conversation with H.R. McMaster
Rushed Afghanistan Drawdown Likely to Benefit Al-Qaeda
Iran Human Rights
UN condemns Iran’s extrajudicial killing of champion wrestler
According to the final tally, 79 countries voted for the resolution to condemn Iran’s regime while 32 voted against the resolution. A total of 64 nations abstained.
The Jerusalem Post
Iranian disabled bodybuilder jailed for questioning coronavirus restrictions, sparks calls for execution
Reza Tabrizi had called out the Iranian regime for keeping gyms closed during the pandemic.
The Elements of the China Challenge
The Election Nobody is Talking About: Leading the WTO
November 25, 2020
Clifford D. May
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- North Korea
- Sanctions and Illicit Finance
- International Organizations
- Sanctions and Illicit Finance
- North Korea
- Blockchain and Digital Currencies
- Military and Political Power
Turkey Program Senior Director
Senior Iran and Financial Economics Advisor
- Iran Human Rights
- Iran Politics and Economy
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Commander, U.S. Central Command
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New York Times
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United States Ambassador to the United Nations
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