Biden Plans to De-Authorize Congressional Approval of the President’s Mandate in Iraq



This afternoon at Brookings in a session moderated by former Ambassador and Brookings foreign policy division chief Carlos Pascual, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman and presidential contender Joseph Biden gave an impressive speech focused on U.S. options toward Iraq. Here is the video link for the Biden speech, and here is the audio link.

IRAN Conferene A “GO” Today in Snowy Washington, DC



This conference will proceed as scheduled today — despite the weather. The US Senate just informed us that they are open, caterers are there — and I’ll be there. For those of you iced and snowed in, read Glenn Kessler’s piece today — and look for news from Flynt Leverett on this subject later today….

Legacies and Presidents: George W. Bush and George Washington



This morning, I am out in Chestertown, Maryland blogging at the “Play it Again, Sam Coffee Shop” and catching up with thing. My email at my office is out again, so now I am catching up on reading — stuff on paper rather than electronic bits.

Rep. Jane Harman, David Kay, Bruno Pellaud, Flynt Leverett, Thomas Donnelly, Lawrence Wilkerson, Francis Fukuyama, Joe Cirincione Headline Conference on US Policy Options Toward Iran



In my capacity as head of foreign policy programs at the New America Foundation, I along with Trita Parsi, who is President of the National Iranian American Council, have produced a conference together that will take place in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Room, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 628, on Wednesday next week,…