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Will Obama’s Principled Pragmatism Be Emulated by His Successor?

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 13, 2016, No Comments

Principled Pragmatism Implemented One of the greatest features of President Barack Obama’s legacy is his exercise of “principled pragmatism.” Fredrik Logevall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor of International Relations at Harvard, uses this term to describe Obama’s reluctance to seek military solutions to the conflicts during his two terms. This is an umbrella phrase that also describes Obama’s unique frame of reference, or even his grand strategy, to deal with America’s allies and foes. He has made it clear to our allies that America will not fight a war that they initiate in their own neighborhoods. The United States will examine all evolving crises and determine how each of those crises is affecting America’s vital interests and then determine the course of action regarding them. (more…)
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Islamophobia in the West: Playing into the Hands of ISIS

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 18, 2016, No Comments

Fear of Islam and Muslims has been a visible trend since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.  In Europe, this trend was given fictional respectability in the name of freedom of speech.  However, the same alleged commitment to freedom of expression was not applied to those who denied the Holocaust.  The point here is not that anyone should deny the Holocaust.  Rather, the point of emphasis here is the hypocritical application of the selective use of that practice and the related double standard.  The same hypocrisy was applied in various cartoons disrespecting the Prophet of Islam.  For those who only read how capable the Europeans can be about insulting or even hating other religions need no proof other than the frequent nefarious acts of insulting the Prophet and Islam through the drawing of these offensive cartoons. (more…)
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Is the ‘Dead’ Arab World Really Waiting to be Led by Iran?

by Ehsan Ahrari on September 15, 2015, No Comments

Reading Boualem Sansal’s recent interview in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, was a stimulating experience. In that interview, Sansal, after depicting the Arab world “in terms of history,” as “dead,” thinks that Iran “is well armed intellectually, scientifically and economically, and could one day lead Islam globally.” He is also of the view that “…soon the Sunni Arabs will accept the domination of Shi’ite Iran, because only Iran enjoys recognition from the West, and even instills fear in it.” He regards Iran’s nuclear program as “proof” of Iranian “capabilities.” He also regards “Western Islam” as a “serious rival” of Iran. Western Islam, in Sansal’s estimation, “too could one day compete for the right to lead the Muslim world.” (more…)
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The Underpublicized Maneuvers of the GCC States

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 16, 2015, No Comments

Leave it to two Israeli writers to make a point, which is mostly missed inside the United States, regarding the diplomatic adroitness and political savviness of the States of the Persian/Arabian Gulf. When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came to the United States last March and tried to embellish the mutuality of interests between the Gulf States and Israel toward the then impending US-Iran nuclear deal, everyone thought that a political nexus between Israel and the Gulf States was in the process of sprouting. (more…)
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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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“When America Becomes Number Two” by Kishore Mahbubani

by Ehsan Ahrari on March 12, 2014, No Comments

In the aforecited essay (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kishore-mahbubani/when-america-becomes-numb_b_4603125.html), Dean Kishore Mahbubani reiterates his favorite theme: the United States' number one status in the global pecking order of nations is about to be taken over by the PRC.  There is no doubt that America's economic power is shrinking while that of China is on the rise.  However, we have yet to see any evidence that the shrinkage of the American economy and its related much-ballyhooed decline is an irreversible global reality.   (more…)
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The US-Iran Interim Nuclear Agreement: Auspicious But Potentially Fragile

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 24, 2013, No Comments

The US-Iran nuclear deal of November 23, 2013, putting a temporary freeze on Iran's nuclear program, is likely to turn out to be the beginning of an historic development.  The most celebrated aspect of this agreement is that the top diplomats on both sides are now engaging in a highly intricate dialogue, instead talking at each other through the media. (more…)
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The much-awaited super bowl of foreign policy is about to begin in Geneva on Wednesday: What’s at Stake

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 14, 2013, No Comments

When most Muslims will be celebrating Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) this Wednesday (16 Oct 13), the "super bowl" of diplomacy between Iran and the Perm-5+1 will start in Geneva in earnest. Iran wants legitimization of its nuclear research program from the international community.  The West would like to see Iran abandon its 20 percent HEU program and ship the already enriched stock out of that country.  Iran has already depicted that demand as a "red flag." (more…)
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“Real Reason for the Strategic Tensions Between US and Pakistan is the Haqqani Group”‘کشیدگی Ú©ÛŒ اصل وجہ حقانی گروپ ہے’

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 1, 2013, No Comments

This is interview with the BBC Urdu of this monring (August 1, 2013) 'کشیدگی Ú©ÛŒ اصل وجہ حقانی گروپ ہے' آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعرات 1 اگست 2013 ,‭ 16:49 GMT 21:49 PST  http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2013/08/130801_ehsan_ehrari_2way_tk.shtml پاکستان Ú©Û’ تناظر میں امریکی اہداف کیا ہیں؟ دفاعی امور Ú©Û’ تجزیہ کار ڈاکٹر احسان احراری Ú©ÛŒ بی بی سی Ú©Û’ پروگرام سیربین میں گفتگو سنئیےmp3 اس مواد Ú©Ùˆ دیکھنے/سننے Ú©Û’ لیے جاوا Ø
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The Abbotabad Commission Report and the United States

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 23, 2013, No Comments

The Abbotabad Commission Report, in some corners of Pakistan, is depicted as "scathing," while another school of thought calls it a mere whitewash.  The fact of the matter is that it is both.  It is scathing in its criticism of some security institutions and practices, such as the lack of coordination.  However, its only whitewash is either ignoring or soft-pedaling the real culprit, the possible involvement of the higher ups in either approving the presence of Usama Bin Laden (UBL) in Pakistan or  being a party to it.  (more…)