An Exit from the Top in the Iranian Nuclear Crisis?

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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  

Losing an Enemy

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by Francois Nicoullaud Trita Parsi has written a great book about what remains the most outstanding diplomatic feat of the 21st century. It is the first work to describe in detail the whole course of the extraordinarily complex international negotiation… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Beautiful Victory: What Comes Next?

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by Francois Nicoullaud Hassan Rouhani has undoubtedly won a brilliant victory in the presidential election, with a tally exceeding 60% of the valid votes cast in its first and only round (the 57% figure usually cited by the media included… Continue Reading  

Aleppo: High Point for the Iranian Venture in Syria

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By Francois Nicoullaud For the time being, the Islamic Republic of Iran revels in the fulfilment of the “divine promise” embodied by its victory in Aleppo. The Pasdaran, or Guardians of the Revolution, have given their all for five long… Continue Reading  

Can the Iran Deal Survive a US Withdrawal?

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by François Nicoullaud As we all know by now, withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal could be a very simple matter for the United States. It could come in three ways. First, a vote by Congress to reintroduce sanctions that were… Continue Reading