China’s Dilemma on Militancy


by James M. Dorsey China’s recent failure to shield Pakistan from censorship by an international anti-terrorism funding and anti-money laundering body suggests that the People’s Republic is struggling to balance its contradictory interests in South Asia and may be trying… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Victory: The View from Brussels

epa04863837 A handout picture made available by the presidential official website shows Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (R) greeting EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) at the presidential office in Tehran, Iran, 28 July 2015. EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini arrived in Iran on 28 July where she is scheduled to meet President Hassan Rowhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif just two weeks after she helped close the deal that aims to settle a long-standing dispute over Tehran's controversial nuclear program and end its diplomatic isolation.  EPA/PRESIDENTIAL OFFICIAL WEBSITE/HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

by Eldar Mamedov The first Western leader to congratulate Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as Iran’s president on May 19 was the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. It is clearly an indicator of the importance… Continue Reading  

Will FATF Acknowledge Iran’s Progress on Its Financial Sector?


by Tyler Cullis Later this month, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)—an intergovernmental body that sets and promotes standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing—will issue a new public statement regarding jurisdictions with deficient anti-money-laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing… Continue Reading