Eugenio Lilli

Academic and Commentator



Trump Election: Reactions in the Middle East

Many things have already been said about the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. In this piece, I want to focus on the reactions of Middle Eastern leaders to the outcome of the US election. Although it would... Continue Reading →


Ben Rhodes, the Iran Deal, and News Spinning in the 21st Century

The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru by David Samuels. In this article in The New York Times, Samuels provides an insider’s view on the person of Ben Rhodes. Rhodes is deputy national security adviser for strategic communications to... Continue Reading →

Exploring Saudi and Iranian ‘shared interests’

Given the current level of tensions among the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iran, any talk about cooperation between the two countries seems unlikely and even naive. However, the possibility for cooperation between these two major actors in the Persian... Continue Reading →

Iran Nuclear Deal: Full Text and Main Points

Today, 14th July 2015, the so-called E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran... Continue Reading →

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Iran as a Destabilizing Force in the Middle East

In this post I invite you to read two articles on Iran's role in the Middle East. The first one is "Iran and the Middle East: leveraging chaos" by Karim Sadjadpour and Behnam Ben Taleblu. The second one is "No,... Continue Reading →

The A B C of the US-Iranian nuclear framework agreement

This brief piece published on The Economist provides useful information on and background of the recent framework agreement reached by the U.S. and Iran. When and how did these talks begin? Talks that led to a breakthrough interim agreement agreed... Continue Reading →

A return to the Middle Eastern great game

In this interesting article Martin S. Indyk, executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, argues that, given the current situation, the United States has to work with some coalition of regional powers to bring back some kind of much needed stability... Continue Reading →

The IS and Strange Middle Eastern Bedfellows

The rise of the Islamic State astride the territories of Iraq and Syria is leading to the creation of an unusual convergence of interests among very "strange bedfellows". A number of dynamics occurred during the past week are especially worth... Continue Reading →

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