Europe, Iran Baffled by US Position on Nuclear Deal


by Mohammad Ghaderi and Javad Heiran-Nia During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “the worst deal ever” for the US. In his first State of the Union address in January, Trump called on Congress… Continue Reading  

The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic


by Juliette Legendre When Marine Le Pen took the reins of her father’s French far-right National Front party, she launched a well-crafted communication strategy to de-demonize the party’s image. She distanced herself from unsavory associations and condemned the party’s more… Continue Reading  

Emmanuel Macron: Not the Anti-Trump


by Juliette Legendre Coming just months after the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and as illiberal authoritarianism seemed to be creeping all over Europe, the election of French president Emmanuel Macron brought a sigh of relief to… Continue Reading  

Sisi’s Trip to France


by Cinzia Bianco and Giorgio Cafiero From October 23-26, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi made his first trip to Paris since Emmanuel Macron won France’s presidential election. Along with Sisi’s interest in securing greater investment and economic support from France,… 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