European Parliament Calls for Sanctions against Bahrain

Beating marks on the back of Nabeel Rajab after police attacked peaceful protest in 2005 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On June 14, the European Parliament has adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a strongly worded resolution condemning Bahrain for human rights violations. The immediate trigger for the resolution was the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal As a Question of European Sovereignty

Federica Mogherini (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov As President Donald Trump was celebrating his four-point declaration of intentions on the “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was addressing the European… Continue Reading  

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry in the European Parliament

Adel al-Jubeir meets with Federica Mogherini

by Eldar Mamedov Saudi-Iranian rivalry is not limited to the Middle East but also plays out in the ministries and parliaments outside the region. Such was the case this week in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament adopted two human-rights-related resolutions:… Continue Reading  

Obsession with Iran Destabilizes the Middle East

Muqtada al-Sadr

by Eldar Mamedov The Trump administration has used rolling back Iran’s “malign” influence in the Middle East as a mantra to justify its aggressive approach to the country. The US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: Will Europe Rise to the Occasion?

Angela Merkel (Christliches Medienmagazin pro via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov  This week will see a flurry of activity in the European Union designed to save the nuclear deal with Iran, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After President Donald Trump announced the U.S.… Continue Reading