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Burying the Hatchet is the Precondition for US-Iran Rapprochement

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 13, 2015, No Comments

A lot of ink is being spilled analyzing the pros and cons of the recently concluded US-Iran nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+ 1 countries (4 permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), and there is ample show of emotions about this deal involving different actors. The Arab states are upset because they concluded that its successful implementation would lead to an era of US-Iran rapprochement in which Iran, more than the Arab states, would be the focus of America’s attention. The Israelis are mad because they see the emergence of a nuclear Iran in the distant future as a result of it. More to the point, Israel’s Prime Minister , Benyamin Netanyahu, envisions that deal as the first historical step toward bringing about an end to Israel’s own preeminence, related to its nuclear deterrence in the region. A study prepared for the RAND Corporation addresses precisely that point when it notes, “Nuclear weapons would probably reinforce Iran's traditional national secu
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The Synonymity Between Dispensability and Decline

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 22, 2013, No Comments

In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation."[1]  Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis.  America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II.    It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion.  (more…)
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Hillary Clinton’s Legacy

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 1, 2013, No Comments

One great American political tradition is to evaluate major public officials when they depart from the political scene.  Presidential scholars have transformed  this issue into an art.  One of them–Professor David Barber of Duke University–even developed categories of "presidential types."  Secretaries of State and Defense receive quite a bit of assessment and evaluation when their terms end.  Today is Hillary Clinton's last day in office as America's Secretary of State, thus an evaluation of her career as America's chief diplomat is timely.  The uppermost question is what kind of a Secretary of State was she?  The US media is also paying a lot of attention to her because she is expected to remain a major presidential candidate for the presidential election in 2016. (more…)
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Challenges and Prospects of India’s Leadership in South Asia and Asia-Pacific

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 21, 2011, No Comments

One of the infrequently mentioned features of U.S. foreign policy is that it wants it allies to emulate its behavior as a leader and as a trailblazer.  America's emergence as the global leader of the so-called "free world" during the Cold War years was an example of trailblazing and original thinking.  It took full advantage of that occasion and presided over the creation of world-class economic institutions and trade regimes, a number of which proved to be quite enduring. It established a number of military alliances in different regions of the world to contain the Soviet Union.  One such alliance, NATO, is not only still around today but is also directly involved in helping the U.S. fight the war in Afghanistan. The very notion of "containment" was highly imaginative and steadily became highly nuanced during the Cold War–even though its founding father, George F. Kennan, remained critical of the fact that it became overly militarized in its dealings with the Soviet Union.  (mo
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Presidential Prerogative: Defining “Victory” in Afghanistan Anyway He Wants!

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 12, 2011, No Comments

The day before Leon Panetta's confirmation hearing as Defense Secretary Robert Gates' successor, President Barack Obama said during a television interview that his administration has won a "big chunk of strategic objectives" in Afghanistan.  He then proceeded to say, "By us killing Osama Bin Laden, getting al Qaeda back on its heels, stabilizing much of the country in Afghanistan so that the Taliban can't take it over...it's now time for us to recognize that we've accomplished a big chunk of our mission and that it's time for Afghans to take more responsibility."  When you are president, you have the national visibility to define success the way you want. Whether people would believe you or not is an entirely different story. (more…)
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Obama’s New National Security Team to Pursue a Failing Strategy

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 29, 2011, No Comments

No new team brings success to a failing strategy.  Thus, President Barack Obama's decision to appoint a new Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, a new CIA chief, General David Petraeus, and a new general to head the war in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General John Allen, promises no certain victory of the war in that country.  It is just as simple as that. (more…)
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The Emerging Brave New World and Eroding American Hegemony: Lessons for China

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 20, 2011, No Comments

As much as China watches and learns from the patterns of the military preparedness, modernization, and foreign policy behavior of the United States, the past several weeks of the Arab "Awakening" and America's responses to it should be eye opening lessons for it.  The most important lesson is how to preserve political clout – if not dominance - under the newly emerging brave new Arab world. (more…)
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The Sino-American Infowar And The New “Freedom Agenda”

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 17, 2011, No Comments

The idea of using social networks to bring about political change is the brainchild of the cyber freedom fighters of North Africa and Middle East. After watching its effectiveness, the United States has brazenly adopted it. It has opened up its own tweeting blogs to communicate with the Chinese, Iranian, and Arab masses. Hillary Clinton has been giving speeches on the issue of the Internet freedom. The Department of State has also set up twitter accounts in Arabic and Farsi to reach the Middle Eastern bloggers. America is peddling the new 'freedom agenda' through the use of the Internet and Tweeting. (more…)
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The Internet Revolution and The Status Quo Powers

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 16, 2011, No Comments

Everyone, including the Obama administration and leaders in Beijing, has been awe-struck by the rising tide of "people power," that is showing its enormous potential through the use of the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and social networks in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Two Arab countries have experienced quick regime change, and many more are experiencing turbulence that promises further transformation of governments. (more…)
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The Falling Pharaoh and the Declining Superpower

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 7, 2011, No Comments

As Hosni Mubarak is edging toward certain ouster, kicking and screaming, it is interesting to see the reaction of the administration of Barack Obama. I am trying to imagine how the Bush administration would have reacted to this major event in the Middle East. It would have definitely tried to do its best to keep the pharaoh in power in Egypt by triggering the scary rhetoric of the Islamists taking over and jeopardizing the security of Israel. The Obama administration decided not to adopt that type of rhetoric. However, it remains almost obsessive about suggestions of minimal change in Egypt for now, while a majority of the protestors in Egypt are demanding just that type of change. At the same time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doing her own flip-flops about what the United States expects Mubarak's newly appointed cronies to do. (more…)