Why the Iran Deal Will Survive the Trump Presidency


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Trump’s triumph is sending shockwaves through the foreign policy community, particularly among supporters of the Iran nuclear deal. Reuters has already reported that Trump’s election puts the Iran Deal “on shaky ground.” Richard Nephew, a former State… Continue Reading  

The Brexit Risk to the Iran Deal


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union in a historic “Brexit” vote. The myriad ramifications of the vote will only be fully understood in the coming years, but it is clear that Brexit is… Continue Reading  

Where Iran Sanctions Relief Falls Short


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Over the last few weeks, the debate about supposed U.S. obstruction of sanctions relief has reached a fever pitch. Secretary of State Kerry has brushed off criticism from Europe and Iran, making it clear that the US… Continue Reading  

Don’t Fear Iran’s Impending Windfall


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj As Iran and the P5+1 look set to complete a historic nuclear agreement this week, the policy community in the US and Europe is very fearful that sanctions relief will provide Iran a dangerous windfall that it… Continue Reading  

Moving from Bazaar to Bourse in Iran


by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Anticipation has been building among international investors and business leaders as Iran and the P5+1 edge closer to a nuclear deal. Each week another trade delegation—whether American, or Swiss, or German—makes its way to Tehran to scope out… Continue Reading