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Paul Pillar

Paul Pillar

Paul R. Pillar, in his 28 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, rose to be one of the agency’s top analysts. He quit his job over the Iraq war and is now a visiting professor at Georgetown University for security studies.

Articles by this author

 

A Year Ago the U.S. Assassinated a National Leader

The Soleimani assassination and its anniversary ought to provide occasion for Americans to think carefully about the nature of what each side in this badly plagued relationship has done to the other. 

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Why Using Trump’s Sanctions as 'Leverage' To Get More From Iran Won’t Work

Punishing the target country regardless of its behavior does not create leverage; it destroys it.

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Only Ones to Blame for Fresh US-Iranian Tensions: Team Trump

Such an atmosphere would never have existed if the administration had not turned its obsession with Iran into a relentless campaign of hostility

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An Unending U.S. War in Syria

The principal effect of keeping those American soldiers in Syria indefinitely, with opposing Iran as their new mission, is to increase the chance of a direct U.S.-Iranian military clash, possibly escalating into a major war

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War Crimes In Yemen

The bombing last month of a school bus, killing dozens of young boys, is among the most recent of what has become a string of aerial atrocities

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Has a Diversionary War Just Become More Likely?

The likely adversary of any such Trumpian war would be Iran

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The Multiple Facets of the Russia Problem

There are not just two, but four, big problems involved

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Netanyahu Makes a Case for the JCPOA

In continuing his agreement-killing campaign this week with another prop-dependent show-and-tell, Netanyahu has abandoned any effort to be logical in arguing against the JCPOA. 

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