While Iran Braces for Sanctions, What Comes Next?

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by Derek Davison Consistent with his decision in May to breach the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday re-imposing the first group of U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on… Continue Reading  

The Bear, The Dragon, and The Persian Cat

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj  “Today, Russia and China effectively shelter Iran from complete isolation and provide it with political support, defence assistance, and economic ties it cannot receive elsewhere.” That is the primary contention of a new book by Dina Esfandiary,… Continue Reading  

The NATO We Have and the NATO We Seek

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by Diana Ohlbaum Donald Trump has thrown the “free world” into a tizzy with his ultimatum to European allies to increase their defense spending, his public questioning of why America should have to defend Montenegro, his classification of the European… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

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by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Last Push on the Iran Nuclear Deal

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by Ellie Geranmayeh The Iran nuclear agreement marked its third anniversary in a gloomy state. Despite repeated attempts to keep him on board, US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal – signed on July 14, 2015… Continue Reading