Does the Road to De-Escalation in the Middle East Run through Baghdad?


by Eldar Mamedov When the neoconservative echo chamber in the US was selling the war in Iraq almost two decades ago, it promised that the “road to peace in the Middle East ran through Baghdad.” This notion, of course, was… Continue Reading  

Will EU Blacklist All of Hezbollah?


by Eldar Mamedov When President Donald Trump threatened not to waive sanctions on the nuclear deal with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) unless the agreement´s supposed flaws were “fixed,” he also issued a number of demands… Continue Reading  

Does Iran’s Constitution Promote Export of Islamic Revolution?


by Eldar Mamedov Some claims are repeated unchallenged so often that they end up becoming part of the conventional wisdom. Such is the case with the assertion that the Iranian constitution mandates the export of the country’s Islamic revolution and… Continue Reading  

The Limits of EU Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf


by Eldar Mamedov In line with the EU policy of balanced engagement with Saudi Arabia and Iran, a group of senior EU lawmakers visited both Riyadh and Tehran last week, with a stopover in Kuwait. The delegation was led by… Continue Reading  

Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf


by Eldar Mamedov  Recent years have seen a rise of what could be described as Arab neoconservatives: ambitious leaders such as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.… Continue Reading