Key Points

Thus far, the Trump administration has exhibited notable restraint in responding to Tehran’s aggression. General Milley warned on Friday that Tehran would be unwise to confuse American restraint with American weakness. Unfortunately, President Trump’s Syria decision may send the message that the U.S. would rather withdraw than confront aggression.

Read More

In the final analysis, Iran’s reaction to the protests in Iraq shows how fragile the Islamic Republic’s gains in that country really are. Tehran is counting on keeping Baghdad weak and staffed with pro-Iran or corrupt officials that don’t contest the Islamic Republic’s regional hegemonic aspirations. While those who covet power in Baghdad at any cost may have, until now, sat silently, the Iraqi people have spoken up, and are risking life and limb to do so. The question is, who is listening?

Read More

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@FDD), where he focuses on Iranian political and security issues. He frequently briefs Washington audiences on a host of Iran-related issues and has testified before the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament.

Read More

Trump says he wants to put an end to America’s endless wars, an idea that is popular on both sides of the aisle. What the president does not seem to understand is that we have avoided an endless war in Syria by finding allies — including Arabs and Christians, as well as Kurds — who did the hardest and bloodiest fighting. By supporting our partners with air power, intelligence, and a small contingent of troops, the U.S. military has been achieving a key victory at a very low cost in American dollars and American lives. A wiser president would take credit for this achievement instead of undermining it.

Read More

The U.S. has a compelling interest in preventing Iran from exploiting the land bridge to threaten America’s footing in Syria, reinforce Hezbollah’s dominant position in Lebanon, preserve Tehran’s client state in Syria, and undermine the independence of Iraq’s elected government. Therefore, the U.S. should carefully monitor the newly opened border crossing to determine if it is under effective control of Tehran’s proxies. If so, Washington should pressure Baghdad to reassert control or close the border.

Read More

Events

EVENT: 25 Years Since the AMIA Bombing: Latin America's Deadliest Attack and the Implications for Today's Counterterrorism Challenges

July 12, 2019 | 12:20

Projects