U.S. Foreign Policy

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The U.S. Prevented War, Yet Iran’s Strategic Decision-Making Process Remains Flawed

The crisis between Iran and Israel may be contained for now, but the breakdown in decision making that led to the end of Iran’s “strategic patience” carries risks going forward.

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No Good Options: The U.S. Dilemma in Yemen

While not yet successful, the Biden administration’s “deter and degrade” approach may prove to be an adaptable approach that can be modified into a winning strategy.

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U.S. Leans on Economic Strategy to Achieve Geopolitical Ends in the Middle East and Asia

The United States is championing a new regional approach that aims to use economic diplomacy to bring key players in the Middle East and Asia closer and provide an alternative to Chinese initiatives.

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Iraq Looks for Expanded Economic Ties and to Put Baghdad Back on Washington’s Political Map

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein’s public outreach and official meetings seem to have put Iraq back on the policy agenda in Washington. But both sides will need to take further steps to sustain the positive momentum.

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The Yemen Conundrum

The United States wants to end the war in Yemen, but given its lack of leverage over the Houthis, the few policy options it does have will likely make the situation worse.

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Why the U.S.-Saudi Crisis is So Bad and So Unnecessary

Lack of trust has left Washington and Riyadh misreading each other's intentions to the point of creating a crisis where none should have ever existed.

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Iran Has One Last Chance to Revive the 2015 Nuclear Deal

A new EU proposal, embraced by the United States, gives Iran a last chance, but Tehran seems fixated on using it to shut down the IAEA investigation.

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India’s Shift From Strategic Restraint to Strategic Recalibration in West Asia

As India aspires to be a great power and rule shaper in international politics, minilateral forums, like I2U2, provide India an opportunity to navigate international problems collectively and advance its economic interests.

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