Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia: Crisis and Opportunities

by François Nicoullaud Who exactly carried out the September 14 attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia? Was it the Houthis? The Iranians? Some combination of the two? It does not really matter, as most already consider Iran… Continue Reading  

The Strange Case of the Grace I’s Detention

by Francois Nicoullaud On July 4, the government of Gibraltar detained in its waters a Panamanian ship, the Grace I, allegedly on its way to deliver Iranian oil to a Syrian harbor. Immediately after the move, Gibraltar outlined in an… Continue Reading  

Iran and the U.S.: Still Possible to Escape the Worst and Work for the Best

by Francois Nicoullaud The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)— could be an ill-advised, even absurd decision. Like it or not, however, it’s not a violation of international law. Let’s remember the care… Continue Reading  

Trump, Iran, Europe: A Rebellion of the Lambs?

by François Nicoullaud Donald Trump’s decision to pull his country out of the nuclear deal with Iran arrived with a brutality that took Europeans by surprise. Of course, in the previous days, they had lost whatever illusions they still entertained. But… Continue Reading  

An Exit from the Top in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis?

by François Nicoullaud Despite President Trump’s demands that it do so, Iran has no intention of renegotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Unless, of course, it will receive in exchange concessions that no one is likely to offer. In… Continue Reading