European Parliament Calls for Sanctions against Bahrain

Beating marks on the back of Nabeel Rajab after police attacked peaceful protest in 2005 (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov On June 14, the European Parliament has adopted, with an overwhelming majority, a strongly worded resolution condemning Bahrain for human rights violations. The immediate trigger for the resolution was the sentencing of Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal As a Question of European Sovereignty

Federica Mogherini (Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov As President Donald Trump was celebrating his four-point declaration of intentions on the “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was addressing the European… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Iran Policy Embodies Imperial Overstretch

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by Sina Toossi In his seminal 1988 book The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, renowned historian Paul Kennedy posits that dominant powers throughout history have succumbed to the same perennial affliction: imperial overstretch. Whether the British Empire or… Continue Reading  

Iran Sanctions: What the UK Should Do

Boris Johnson in Iran (Wikimedia Commons)

by Lloyd Russell Moyle It took 12 years for global powers and Iran to achieve the great diplomatic success of the 21st century: a deal that exchanged relief from oil and banking sanctions imposed by the US for a curtailment… Continue Reading  

What It Will Take to Keep the Iran Deal Alive

Javad Zarif (Wikimedia Commons)

by Adnan Tabatabai The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a strong rejection of multilateralism by the Trump administration and leaves the remaining parties of the agreement with the challenge to safeguard its survival.… Continue Reading