Flush from its victory in the Persian Gulf War, the George H.W. Bush administration immediately turned its attention to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, organizing the Madrid conference, which would eventually lead to the Oslo Accords. To Michael Doran, this decision was symptomatic of Washington’s inability to formulate its strategic priorities in the Middle East following the end of the cold war. He explains the development and consequences of this inability in a trenchant analysis of the policies of the subsequent three administrations. (Video, 87 minutes.)
Does the U.S. Have a Middle East Strategy?
By Arresting Foreigners and Detaining Ships, Iran Reverts to Its Favorite Method of Diplomacy
On Friday, Iranian naval vessels seized an oil tanker flying the British flag, along with its crew. Taking foreigners hostage has long been a preferred tactic of the Islamic Republic, as Bobby Ghosh writes:
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