The Risks of Maximizing Pressure on Iran

by Ali Vaez The U.S. decision on 22 April to end sanctions exemptions for Iran’s remaining oil customers, following on an earlier designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), significantly escalates the Trump administration’s… Continue Reading  

U.S. Ends Oil Sanctions Waivers for Iran

by Aveek Sen U.S. sanctions waivers for Iranian oil that the United States issued to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Taiwan won’t be renewed on May 2, according to the White House. Iran retaliated by saying… Continue Reading  

Turkey after the Heated Municipal Elections

by Mustafa Gurbuz The outcome of Turkey’s local elections has surprised many analysts and frustrated the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had dominated the Turkish media and benefited from massive state resources for its campaign. President Recep Tayyip… Continue Reading  

Turkey and America’s Arms Standoff

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik In recent months and years, the Turkey-U.S. alliance has undergone considerable stress. A host of issues have fueled this friction, including Washington’s support for Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-linked forces in Syria, open questions about… Continue Reading  

Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

by James M. Dorsey A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best… Continue Reading