Ilan Berman

Ilan Berman is vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C. This article is adapted in part from his new book, Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam, which has just been released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Putin’s Ukrainian Gamble

 

Vladimir Putin is betting big in Ukraine. For weeks now, Russia’s wily president has worked feverishly behind the scenes to derail the former Soviet satellite’s tenuous pro-Western trajectory. Until late last month, Kyiv had been on track to sign an “association agreement” with the European Union, thereby aligning its trade policies with those of countries […]

Continue Reading

Jittery in Jerusalem

 

WHEN the “Arab Spring” unexpectedly broke out late last year, Natan Sharansky waxed optimistic. Writing in the Washington Post in March, the former Soviet refusenik who ranks as Israel’s best known pro-democracy activist argued that the grassroots revolts that unseated Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali and Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak marked the start of […]

Continue Reading

Still a Non-Starter

 

In coming days, the U.S. Senate will begin its deliberations over New START, the major new arms control pact finalized by Moscow and Washington earlier this year. The outcome of that vote will have enormous ramifications for the safety and security of the United States in the years ahead. Here’s why. New START is inherently […]

Continue Reading

The Elusive Palestinian Center

 

For those who aren’t regular watchers of Palestinian politics, this week was just like any other. For those who are, however, all eyes have been on the Sixth Fatah General Congress taking place in Bethlehem. The conclave, the first gathering of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s political core since 1989, is being seen by many as […]

Continue Reading

Uneducating the Islamic World

 

Give Barack Obama credit for thinking big. Since taking office this past January, the president has embarked upon a fundamental reboot of American foreign policy. From semantic steps like the renaming of the War on Terror to more substantive ones—including an overhaul of defense priorities and new outreach to countries such as Iran and Russia—the […]

Continue Reading

Iran’s Revolutionary Moment?

 

These are hopeful and perilous times in Tehran. Ever since the blatant fraud of Iran’s June 12th presidential election, popular opposition to that country’s ruling clerical order has been on the rise, leading more and more observers to wonder whether Iran could really be on the cusp of another revolution. Maybe so. But any analysis […]

Continue Reading

Interesting Times in Tehran

 

What a difference a few days can make. Last week, ahead of Iran’s presidential elections, I wrote here that the outcome would matter little in the grand scheme of Iranian politics. I may have spoken too soon. Since Friday, that country has descended into political turmoil of a type not seen since the Islamic Revolution of […]

Continue Reading

Much Ado About Nothing


 

Tomorrow, Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president in what has become the most anticipated political event in that country since the Islamic Revolution three decades ago. The results, however, are already a foregone conclusion. Whoever ends up becoming president will have little real power — and even less influence over […]

Continue Reading

A Lesson In Strategic Surprise

 

Timing, they say, is everything. At the moment, no one knows that better than the EastWest Institute. On Tuesday, with much fanfare, the New York-based think tank released what it billed as the “first-ever U.S.-Russian joint threat assessment” on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities. The report is a study in threat minimization, with every […]

Continue Reading

Inconvenient Truths

 

By now, the idea that Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of international terrorism is fairly common knowledge. Even so, the State Department’s annual survey of global terrorism trends provides a useful glimpse into the breathtaking scope of Tehran’s regional troublemaking. According to the latest edition of Country Reports on Terrorism, released on April 30th […]

Continue Reading