The Politics Behind the Sabotage of the Iran Deal in Europe

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by Eldar Mamedov As the EU scrambles to offer a viable package of economic incentives to convince Iran to stay in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the US withdrawal, some forces are attempting to undermine this effort… Continue Reading  

The Battle for Iran: Policy or Regime Change?

Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu (State Department via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The… Continue Reading  

Bazaar Protest Sign of Iranian Pessimism

Currency laid out at an Iranian bazaar (Shutterstock)

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani It’s not every day that Iran’s bazaar merchants close their shops to protest high prices. They are of course not protesting the high price of bread or chicken, whose prices have not increased, but of dollars, which… Continue Reading  

Putin Benefits from Trump’s Anti-Iran Sanctions

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by Mark N. Katz Russia is the one country that has arguably benefited the most from the Trump administration’s insistence that other countries (including America’s Western allies) reduce their petroleum imports from Iran to zero or face U.S. sanctions. Both… Continue Reading  

As Trump Goes Nuclear on Iranian Oil, Europe Must Match His Brinkmanship

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In the view of veteran observers of the oil industry, Trump has “gone nuclear.” Speaking during a background briefing on Tuesday, a senior state department official announced that the the Trump administration wants to completely eliminate imports… Continue Reading