The Limits of EU Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

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by Eldar Mamedov In line with the EU policy of balanced engagement with Saudi Arabia and Iran, a group of senior EU lawmakers visited both Riyadh and Tehran last week, with a stopover in Kuwait. The delegation was led by… Continue Reading  

Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf

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by Eldar Mamedov  Recent years have seen a rise of what could be described as Arab neoconservatives: ambitious leaders such as the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.… Continue Reading  

EU-Iran: Dialogue Against Ultimatums

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by Eldar Mamedov As the US issued its ultimatum to the EU on “fixing” the nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action or JCPOA), the European Parliament (EP) hosted Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs and National Security… Continue Reading  

The Right Way to Support Human Rights in Iran

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by Eldar Mamedov When the protests erupted in Iran during the West’s holiday season, not a few folks hoped that the US and the EU would bridge their recent differences over the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

Neoconservative Delusions on Azerbaijan

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by Eldar Mamedov If there is one feature for which neoconservatives are well known, it is their reckless disregard for reality, no matter how many times and how badly their policies have backfired–especially in the Middle East. This feature was… Continue Reading