Why does the U.S. support war crimes in Yemen? Paul Pillar objects to U.S. support for the war on Yemen and concludes that the policy doesn’t “accord with a realist perspective of where U.S. interests in the area do and do not lie.”

Can Europe defend itself and Iran from U.S. sanctions? Esfandyar Batmanghelidj considers how European governments could create new mechanisms that allow them to keep the nuclear deal with Iran alive.

Trump’s endgame in Palestine. Mitchell Plitnick explains how Trump is trying to “pound the Palestinians into submission.”

Persian regime-change follies. John Limbert recalls the Roman disaster at Carrhae and Julian’s calamitous failure against the Sasanians.