James Phillips

James A. Phillips is a research fellow specializing in Middle Eastern affairs in the Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Peeling Back The Layers

"This thing is like an onion," George Costanza once said on an episode of "Seinfeld." "The more layers you peel, the more it stinks." Just about anyone who examines the Iran nuclear deal knows how he feels. Look at the recent bombshell report that revealed Iran will...

Iran's Nuclear Program: What Is Known and Unknown

Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad celebrated the anniversary of Iran's 1979 revolution on February 11 by proclaiming that Iran is a "nuclear state."[1] Iran's radical Shia Islamist regime clearly sees its nuclear program as a means of bolstering its...

The Shadowy Network Suspected in the Bombing of “Londonistan”

The London bombings surprised most people. Not Sir Ian Blair, London's most senior police commander. Only five months ago, he declared that an attack on London was inevitable.Unfortunately, such a warning made sense. London historically has been a hotbed of support...

Keep the War in Perspective

Many observers, intoxicated by the initial promise of the March 19 decapitating air strike against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, now are unrealistically impatient with the progress of the war against Iraq. In particular, some elements of the American and...

The Iraq Inspections Charade

The long-simmering Iraq crisis finally appears to be coming to a boil. Hans Blix, the chief U.N. weapons inspector, has ordered Iraq to begin destroying its prohibited Samoud 2 missiles. The Iraqis generously have offered to "study" the matter, although they know full...

Iran’s Summer of Discontent

It's turning into another long, hot summer for Iran's rulers. Riots are bubbling up throughout the Middle Eastern nation, just as they have in past summers, and the list of reasons are as long as the beards of the old men who govern the country: Economic stagnation....

Expel Arafat Now

The Bush administration has fielded a great deal of criticism for its handling of the Middle East crisis. Many have focused on questions of timing and tone: Should White House officials have stepped in sooner? Should they have put pressure on Israel to pull back...

Endgame in Afghanistan

Even before the amount of Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan had shrunk to virtually nothing and Osama bin Laden's forces had beat a hasty retreat deep into the mountains, the question arose: Where should we carry the war on terrorism next? Iraq, perhaps?...

How Arafat Killed The “Peace Process”

The election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in February prompted much hysteria in the Arab world -- and hand-wringing in Washington -- over Sharon's "commitment" to the "peace process." Ever wonder why the same standards don't seem to apply to Palestinian...

Why Sharon Could Bring Peace to the Middle East

Although few know how to stop the escalating violence in the Middle East, many think they know who to blame: Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon. Surely, they say, the landslide election of such a hard-liner means the end of the peace process--and serves as a...

Lockerbie Verdict Vindicates Continued Sanctions Against Libya

The outcome of the Lockerbie bombing trial underscores the need for a firm U.S. policy toward Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi. The January 31 verdict, which found one of the two indicted Libyan intelligence officials guilty of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103...

 

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