A Valuable Hour on Obama Foreign Policy w/Coll, Friedman, Ignatius and Schieffer



CSIS is about to hold a very valuable meeting on President Obama’s foreign policy, which I am going to stream live here at The Washington Note. The meeting is part of the “Schieffer Series at CSIS” sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism.

LIVE STREAM: Robert Pape on Afghanistan And The Rise of Suicide Terrorism



What motivates suicide bombers to sacrifice their lives and kill innocents? That is one of the most complex and difficult questions that counter-terrorism officials have had to grapple with since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

LIVE STREAM at 12:15 pm EST: Talking About Tehran with James Glassman



The New America Foundation/American Strategy Program is hosting an event today with former Bush administration Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy James K. Glassman. Glassman is now Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute and previously served as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Linkage: Iran, Settlements, Health Care & Israel?



Late yesterday afternoon, I participated in an hour long Alhurra discussion program with three other Middle East specialists: Edmund Ghareeb of American University, Ori Nir of Americans for Peace Now, and David Schenker who directs the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The AIPAC Statement We Need But Have Not Gotten (Yet): Netanyahu Government Needs to Remove Daylight Between US & Israel



I have written the mock press release below partly as farce and partly as hope for the kind of statement that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) might eventually issue in response to the provocative and disconcerting posture of the Israeli government this past week.

What Solution on Iran?



One of the most fascinating things to come out of the recent dust-up over the embarrassment of Vice President Biden in Israel is the reasoning offered by many Israelis and supporters of Israel for why Israel needs American support now more than ever: in effect, “don’t anger the U.S., we need their help on Iran.

U.S. Faces Stiff Opposition From Rising Powers



(Photo Credit: International Monetary Fund Photograph/Stephen Jaffe) This post is cross-posted at The Race for Iran. Over at the National Interest, Nikolas K. Gvosdev has a piece on the “BRIC Wall” that is developing in opposition to many U.S. policies, particularly the U.S. drive for further sanctions on Iran.