The Real Causes of America’s Troubled Relations with Iran

107 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter host Shah and Shahbanu of Iran 1977

by Shireen Hunter      In his speech describing America’s new approach towards Iran, Donald Trump accused it of responsibility for just about all of the ills of the Middle East and South West Asia. He went as far as… Continue Reading  

Why Tehran Should Balance Its Relations with Baghdad and Irbil


by Shireen Hunter    When the issue of a referendum in Kurdistan on its eventual independence from Iraq emerged, Iran expressed its concerns about the disintegrative dynamics that this act could set in motion not just in Iraq but throughout… Continue Reading  

Iran Needs a National and Realistic Foreign Policy


by Shireen Hunter The worsening relations between the United States and Iran since the election of Donald Trump reached a fever pitch with the president’s speech at the UN General Assembly and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s response to it. President… Continue Reading  

Muqtada al-Sadr’s Saudi Visit and Iraq’s Shifting Shia Politics


by Shireen Hunter   Last week, the Iraqi Shia cleric and the leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr paid an official visit to Saudi Arabia and met with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the power behind the throne. In… Continue Reading  

Sanctions: Can Iran Avoid Taking the Bait?


by Shireen T. Hunter     The U.S. House of Representatives has just imposed new sanctions on Iran as well as on Russia and North Korea. The Iran sanctions have been justified based on its missile development and its disregard… Continue Reading