Rouhani’s Victory: The View from Brussels

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by Eldar Mamedov The first Western leader to congratulate Hassan Rouhani on his re-election as Iran’s president on May 19 was the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. It is clearly an indicator of the importance… Continue Reading  

Western Conservatives Are Wrong on Christians in the Middle East

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by Eldar Mamedov This week the European Parliament gears up for a debate on the situation of Christians in the Middle East. The horrific Palm Sunday bombings at two Egyptian churches on April 9 that killed at least 45 people… Continue Reading  

Pakistan Forges Ahead with the Saudi-led Alliance

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by Eldar Mamedov On April 21, General Raheel Sharif, the former chief of staff of the Pakistani army, left for Riyadh to head a 41-nation, Saudi-led Islamic military alliance against terrorism. When this appointment was first announced in January, it… Continue Reading  

Saudi-Iranian Rivalry Spills Over to Europe

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by Eldar Mamedov On March 31, the Ahlulbayt Foundation Spain hosted a photo exhibition in Madrid dedicated to the fight of the Iraqi army and popular mobilization forces—often simplistically referred to in the West as the “Shiite militias”—against the so-called… Continue Reading  

Iran‘s Waiting Game With Trump?

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by Eldar Mamedov As the Trump administration appears to be taking a tougher line on Iran and the U.S. Congress ponders new hostile actions against the country, several members of the European Parliament visited Tehran in mid-March. The visit, organized… Continue Reading