Europe/Americas update: June 2 2017

UNITED NATIONS Congratulations to the newest members of the UN Security Council: The 193-member United Nations General Assembly elected Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to the U.N. Security Council on Friday for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The Netherlands was elected for a one-year term after reaching a deal with… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 2 2017

Conflict update, November 2

Iraq Let’s start in Mosul, where the possibility of an Iraq-Turkey war immediately following the conclusion of the Iraq-ISIS war got considerably bigger today, when it became clear that Turkey has been deploying what sure looks like an invasion force along its Iraqi border. Ankara insists that it’s just preparing for “eventualities,” like, I guess,… Continue reading Conflict update, November 2

Running out of talking points

Speaking of the “Bomb Bomb Iran” Caucus, analyst Paul Pillar did a pretty thorough job yesterday of fisking one of their favorite anti-Iran talking points: the idea that the Iranian Leviathan is wrapping its tentacles all around the Middle East. An additional twist to this line of anti-agreement agitation is found in an opinion piece… Continue reading Running out of talking points