Iran Deal: When The Tumult and the Shouting Dies

Mohammad Javad Zarif (Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert E. Hunter Shakespeare said that “old men forget.” And so, it seems, do societies. Fifteen years ago, a US administration, from the president through his top aides, lied the nation into invading Iraq, and the region and the… Continue Reading  

Narrative on Iran Defective at Its Core

Trump pulling out of the JCPOA

by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet President Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes as the culmination of years of flawed conversations about Iran’s involvement in the Middle East. Yesterday, he stated that the deal was “defective at its… Continue Reading  

Trump Vindicates Iranian Hardliners And Victimizes Ordinary Citizens

Javad Zarif outside Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wikimedia Commons)

by Trita Parsi and Ryan Costello When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was announced in 2015, the Iranian people poured into the streets to celebrate what they thought was the beginning of a new era. Long squeezed by both… Continue Reading  

Oman: Between Iran and a Hard Place

The port city of Sur in Oman

by Camille Lons Oman doesn’t like to take sides. In an increasingly polarized region, the oft-ignored Sultanate stands out for its efforts to seek common ground, finding paths to peace that sometimes elude larger powers. small size and its strategic… Continue Reading  

May 12: A Potentially Future-Shaping Day for the Middle East

Haider al-Abadi (Joint Chiefs of Staff via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey With President Donald J. Trump scheduled to announce whether he will uphold the international community’s nuclear agreement on Iran and Iraqi elections slated for the same day, May 12 is gearing up to be a day that could shape the… Continue Reading