Ilan Berman: A Turkish-American divorce?

Ilan Berman: A Turkish-American divorce?

By Ilan Berman The United States “is an enemy country. It is a serious threat to our country’s existence, its unity, integrity, present and the future. It is carrying out an open attack, and an undeclared war…” Those aren’t the words of the radicals of the Islamic State, whose “caliphate” has been dismembered by America […]

Ilan Berman: What to watch for in Iran’s turmoil

Ilan Berman: What to watch for in Iran’s turmoil

By Ilan Berman Will Iran’s pro-democracy protests last? As the uprisings that have unexpectedly swept across the Islamic Republic approach their second full week, that’s the question on the mind of policymakers in Washington. In contrast to its counterparts in Europe, the Trump administration has forcefully backed Iran’s protesters and their political aspirations, and U.S. […]

Ilan Berman: How to support the second “Persian Spring”

Ilan Berman: How to support the second “Persian Spring”

By Ilan Berman Could we see a new Iranian revolution in 2018? For nearly a week now, tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in various cities throughout the Islamic Republic in the largest mass demonstrations of their kind in nearly a decade. In the process, they have raised the tantalizing possibility […]

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

Ilan Berman: Egypt’s population bomb

By Ilan Berman It’s the most important Middle Eastern news story that no one is talking about. Earlier this Fall, Egypt’s state statistics agency, the Central Agency for Popular Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), formally released the findings of its 2016 national census. The results shed important new light on the challenges now confronting the government of president […]

Ilan Berman: US would be wise to prepare for EMP attacks on its cities

Ilan Berman: US would be wise to prepare for EMP attacks on its cities

By Ilan Berman Imagine that a hostile nation – say, North Korea – fires a nuclear-tipped missile at the United States. The missile detonates in the upper atmosphere above a major American city such as Los Angeles, releasing a cascade of charged electrons that damages and destroys all technology and electrical systems within line-of-sight of […]

Ilan Berman: Toward a new Uzbekistan

Ilan Berman: Toward a new Uzbekistan

By Ilan Berman You could call it “Extreme Makeover: Central Asian Edition.” Today, among the five post-Soviet republics that make up the region, there are heartening signs of political dynamism and a newfound drive for integration. At the center of these changes is the Republic of Uzbekistan, which has launched a far-reaching program to reform […]

Ilan Berman: The Russian war on terror

Ilan Berman: The Russian war on terror

By Ilan Berman Which country ranks as the largest source of foreign fighters for the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq? That dubious distinction doesn’t belong to a Middle Eastern state, despite the fact that countries such as Saudi Arabia have historically been major contributors of radicals to the Islamic State’s ranks. Nor is […]

Ilan Berman: President Trump takes a wise middle course on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Ilan Berman: President Trump takes a wise middle course on the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Ilan Berman In his policy speech last Friday, President Trump did not scrap the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as some prominent conservative thinkers had suggested he should. Nor did he simply leave the deal intact, as proponents of the agreement had previously counseled. Instead, the president charted a middle way intended to give America greater […]

Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

Ilan Berman: Prague’s eastward turn

By Ilan Berman Since its emergence from the wreckage of the Soviet Union more than a quarter-century ago, the Czech Republic has consistently ranked as a success story of post-totalitarian transition. Unlike that of many of its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe, Prague’s path toward democracy has been more or less linear, cresting in […]

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

Ilan Berman: Why Trump will not allow the Iran deal to stand

By Ilan Berman Those who support the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear deal with Iran are nervous, and for good reason. In his Sept. 19 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump gave what was perhaps the clearest signal to date that he has no plans to recertify the agreement (formally known as the Joint […]

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