What Opponents of Sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Get Wrong

April 10 2019

In addition to being responsible for much of the worst domestic repression, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) manages Hizballah and similar terrorist proxies and sends its troops to fight in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. On Monday, the White House officially designated the IRGC as a terrorist group—a move, Eli Lake writes, with real consequences:

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More about: Donald Trump, Iran, Iran sanctions, Revolutionary Guard, U.S. Foreign policy

Joe Biden Can’t Overturn His Predecessor’s Middle East Policy—Even If He Wants To

Jan. 25 2021

Over the weekend, the incoming national security advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and—according to a White House statement—expressed his commitment to “building on the success” of the Abraham Accords. This and other pronouncements suggest that, when it comes to foreign policy, the Biden administration won’t attempt to reverse everything done in the past four years. Yet the appointment to key positions of Obama-administration alumni responsible for the Iran deal, and the policy of creating “daylight” with Israel, is not reassuring.

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More about: Joseph Biden, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy, US-Israel relations