In an increasingly unpredictable global environment, expect Turkish foreign policy to be just as elusive.
Fareed is joined by Karim Sadjadpour, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss the future of Iran's theocratic rule amid nationwide protests after the death of a woman in the custody of the morality police.
It’s premature to assess whether these protests will meaningfully change Iran’s politics, or whether they are simply another crack in the edifice of a rotting regime whose lone source of diversity is whether the beards and turbans of its ruling men are black or white.
Iran is a very bad actor, and the Iran nuclear deal 2.0 won’t likely go down as one of the great moments in U.S. diplomacy. But to paraphrase former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the JCPOA is the worst option, except when compared with all the others.
Though Turkey remains on good terms with Russia, it still finds itself in the throes of an energy crisis.
Sanctions are the weapon of choice for many of the thorniest U.S. foreign policy challenges. Yet it’s hard to find cases where sanctions are effective. Is the United States too dependent on sanctions? What can we really expect from sanctions? And how do U.S. sanctions compare to other international sanctions today and in the past?
While recent events in Iraq have tended to focus attention on the political dimension of the Sadrist movement, it is their leader’s ability to defend himself on the religious front that explains essential aspects of his power.
As King Charles III assumes the British throne, the focus for many will be on the political symbolism that the monarch holds, lacking as he is in executive power. But the sovereign also holds another title: “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.”
Recent elections to Lebanon’s Jamaa al-Islamiyya show a marked shift in favor of the pro-Hamas and Hezbollah wing.