A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

India’s Hidden Message to UN on Iran

Sushma Swaraj

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In a remarkable and somewhat unprecedented rebuke of the US administration, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that India will not respect unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran and will recognize “only the UN sanctions.” Bound… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Destructive Policies in the Mideast

Jared Kushner at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Emile Nakhleh If President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had planned to deepen chaos and instability, promote war, and hurt American interests in the Middle East, they could not have executed a more effective strategy than… Continue Reading  

Trump, Iran, Europe: A Rebellion of the Lambs?

European Commission (by Sebastien Bertrand via Flickr)

by François Nicoullaud Donald Trump’s decision to pull his country out of the nuclear deal with Iran arrived with a brutality that took Europeans by surprise. Of course, in the previous days, they had lost whatever illusions they still entertained. But… Continue Reading  

Fire and Folly: What Trump’s Violation of the Nuclear Deal Means for Iran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh Instagram took an unexpected turn earlier this month when the office of the Iranian Supreme Leader released a picture of Ali Khamenei flipping through Fire and Fury while on a visit to the Tehran International Book Fair,… Continue Reading