Can Europe Defend Itself and Iran from U.S. Sanctions?

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In an op-ed published last week in the German newspaper Handelsblatt, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that the “the US and Europe have been drifting apart for years.” Nowhere is this clearer than in the disagreement… Continue Reading  

Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road On The Spot

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by James M. Dorsey Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related… Continue Reading  

Will the Real Pakistan Stand Up, Please?

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by James M. Dorsey Two headlines this month beg the question US officials have been grappling with for more than a decade: Will the real Pakistan stand up, please? Pakistan’s The News reported that the government had designated Islamabad as… Continue Reading  

China’s Dilemma on Militancy

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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