Don’t Rule Out the Possibility of War with Iran

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by Shireen T. Hunter      According to press reports, Iran has all but despaired of the European Union’s ability—or, perhaps more accurately, willingness—to work out a system of financial transactions that could facilitate Tehran’s trade with Europe. Not only that,… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Is Not the Winner in Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

by Shireen T. Hunter After Donald Trump declared that he was pulling U.S. forces out of Syria, nearly all commentators declared that Iran would be one of the major beneficiaries–if not the major beneficiary–of the move. This is not surprising,… Continue Reading  

Recurring Regional Crisis: Blame Chessboard Diplomacy

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by Shireen T. Hunter    The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, apparently by order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has opened a debate on the wisdom of the West’s treatment of Saudi Arabia. This is but the latest… Continue Reading  

Ahwaz Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking the War Inside Iran?

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter  Less than a month after Iran’s consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran’s… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

John Kerry and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr)

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… Continue Reading