Eli Lake



May 17, 2019
As tensions rise, so does the risk of miscalculation. And while the older generation of Iranian officers remembers when the U.S. sunk its navy, says Michael Rubin, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute, the younger generation "knows only American weakness."


May 15, 2019
There is ample evidence that Iran responds to pressure and threats. So a non-binding congressional resolution warning Khamenei not to escalate against U.S. forces or allies in the region might serve as a useful deterrent.


May 13, 2019
It matters that Trump and his top advisers have said publicly that all options remain on the table for Venezuela. It’s yet another reason to be skeptical that the Russian playbook will succeed in Venezuela as it did in Syria.


May 9, 2019
There are two ways to view Wednesday’s threats from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to abandon the 2015 nuclear bargain with his country.


May 8, 2019
A Turkey without Erdogan would present challenges for U.S. foreign policy. But the main irritant in the relationship will be gone. The U.S. does not have to intervene in Turkish politics. It only needs to listen to what millions of Turkish citizens are now saying.


May 6, 2019
The regime in Iran has huffed and puffed about countermeasures ever since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago. So far, it has continued to abide by the terms of that agreement.


May 2, 2019
This story is now entirely about politics. The narrative is what the latest scandal regarding Attorney General William Barr is all about: How he summarized Mueller’s report, who he talked to about it, when he released it.


May 1, 2019
Guaido and his supporters are now trying to save their country from Maduro’s misrule. If the military does indeed defect this week, forcing Maduro to leave, Guaido has pledged to quickly prepare Venezuela for real elections. That’s not an anti-democratic coup.

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