U.S. Economic Warfare and Iran’s Politics of Muddling Through

Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Daniel Brumberg It is too early to gauge the overall economic consequences for Iran of the Trump administration’ re-imposition of oil-related sanctions. Their full impact will partly depend on the ability of the European Union (EU), China, Russia, India,… Continue Reading  

Dissecting International Concerns about Iran’s Missiles

Quds Day rally (saeediex via Shutterstock)

by Tytti Erasto While trying to save the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, some European leaders have stepped up pressure on Iran’s ballistic missile program, simultaneously demanding talks and threatening sanctions. Iran—which sees… Continue Reading  

Putin to Trump: Thanks for Helping Make Russia Great Again!

Zabolotskikh Sergey via Shutterstock

by Najmedin Meshkati Greetings from Moscow, dear Donald! It was nice seeing you in Helsinki. I loved our tag-team in the news conference: it was fun! Also, thanks for backing me up, we should do it more! I hope that your son… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Ahvaz Attack Worsens Gulf Tensions

Ahvaz attack (Mehr)

by Joost Hiltermann, Ali Vaez, Elizabeth Dickinson, and Daniel Scheiderman An attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22, which killed 29 people, dangerously raised tensions in an already volatile Gulf region. Iran accused… Continue Reading  

Are Iran and Iraq Headed toward Another Conflict?

Protesters in Basra

by Shireen T. Hunter    The latest protests in Iraq have taken a distinctly anti-Iran character, as shown by the attack on Iran’s consulate in Basra. According to reports in Iranian and some Iraqi news outlets, the Iraqi security authorities… Continue Reading