Recurring Regional Crisis: Blame Chessboard Diplomacy

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by Shireen T. Hunter    The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, apparently by order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has opened a debate on the wisdom of the West’s treatment of Saudi Arabia. This is but the latest… Continue Reading  

Ahwaz Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking the War Inside Iran?

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter  Less than a month after Iran’s consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran’s… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

John Kerry and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr)

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… 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  

Iran Should Not Expect Much From Imran Khan’s Pakistan 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, August 31

by Shireen T. Hunter Last week Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif was in Islamabad as the first official of a foreign country to visit Pakistan since Imran Khan became prime minister. It has also been reported that Imran Khan will… Continue Reading