Guest Note by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett: Obama’s Iran Sanctions Delusion



This is a guest note by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett. Flynt directs the New America Foundation/Iran Project and is a former Senior Director of Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council. Hillary is chairman of Stratega, a political risk consultancy. They are co-publishers of the forthcoming blog, The Race for Iran.

Guest Post by Jon Weinberg: Nakba Déjà Vu – The Iraqi Refugee Situation



Jon Weinberg is a research intern at the New America Foundation/Middle East Task Force. A couple of weeks ago, Angelina Jolie, who makes periodic trips as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visited Iraqi refugees in southern Damascus along with her partner, Brad Pitt.

Can Turkey Lead the Muslim World?



Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds and one of the United States’ most knowledgeable Turkophiles, has an optimistic op-ed in today’s Boston Globe about the recent normalization agreement between Turkey and Armenia and Turkey’s potential as a regional power.