Majority of Business Leaders Blame Trump for Slow Iran Investments


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj As President Donald Trump threatens to de-certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, the political environment around post-sanctions trade and investment has grown more contentious. Yet, at the same time, after extensive negotiations with leading multinational companies, Iran… Continue Reading  

Only Political Imagination Can Save the Iran Deal


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On Monday, Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a speech on Iran and the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. Her speech was remarkable for… Continue Reading  

Is France Ready to Stand Up to Trump on Iran?


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj  On July 26th, the French foreign ministry issued a declaration about the package of new sanctions targeting Russia and Iran making its way through Congress to President Trump’s desk in the Oval Office. In the estimation of… Continue Reading  

We Shouldn’t Defend the JCPOA at the Expense of the Iran Deal


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On the two-year anniversary of the agreement, U.S. supporters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including many former Obama administration officials, are admirably working to defend the deal through media appearances and coordinated statements. Their message that… Continue Reading  

Country Managers Make Post-Sanctions Iran Work

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On July 3, Patrick Pouyanné, the imposing, former rugby-playing CEO of Total, arrived in Tehran to sign a landmark $5 billion contract to develop Phase 11 of Iran’s South Pars gas field in cooperation with the China… Continue Reading