Putting Diplomacy First

In order to avoid another costly war in the Middle East, the United States must prioritize diplomacy and a more balanced regional stabilization strategy.


Iran: What Now?

The closing discussion of CAP’s national security conference featured national security experts discussing what happens in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East after the Trump administration.


Troubled History of U.S.-Iran Relations

Lawrence Korb provides some historical context on U.S.-Iran relations and the importance of keeping these past incidents in mind as the United States considers its next steps with Iran.

Trump Hurts an Ally and Helps the Terrorists

Author Daniel Benaim argues that one of the most dramatic consequences of the Trump administration's recent assassination of Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani is its impact on the United States' crucial relationship with Iraq.

How to Avoid Another War in the Middle East

Author Kelly Magsamen explains the likely outcomes of the Trump administration's recent assassination of Iranian commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani and what actions the United States can take to deter future Iranian aggression.


Tired Narratives, Weary Publics

The United States must strengthen its public diplomacy strategy to better compete with Iran in the struggle for power and influence in the Middle East.



Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

This week, Michele and Igor are joined by Hollywood producer Scott Budnick and Sen. Chris Murphy.



Trump’s First 100 Days in the Middle East

While President Trump has so far largely held off on his most reckless policy ideas, his first 100 days show both surprising continuity and troubling shifts that could undercut U.S. interests.