Iran’s Destabilization Is Not in U.S. Interest

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by Shahed Ghoreishi “I will never apologize for the United States—I don’t care what the facts are.” No, this is not President Trump. It’s August 2, 1988, and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush was giving his official take on events… Continue Reading  

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  

Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was as much a domestic initiative as it was a foreign policy endeavor, as analysts such as Reza Marashi and Ariane Tabatabai have been saying. It’s a way for the… Continue Reading  

US Forces Albania to Take IS Fighters After Hosting MEK

Edi Rama at a NATO meeting (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh “Albania will become a coordination center for fighters returning from ISIS to the Balkans,” announced Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama during a conference against… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Future: Hybrid Nationalism?

Army Day in Tehran

by Gareth Smyth In threatening Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was probably not thinking of the Mongol sieges of Iranian cities. Two days later, however, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei evoked Iranians’ sense of their… Continue Reading