Economic Sanctions Are Testing the Resilience of Iran’s Islamic System

By Shireen Hunter The popular demonstrations in nearly all Iranian cities that followed the increase in the price of gasoline are only one symptom of the growing challenges facing Iran’s Islamic system. From a purely economic rationale, the price increase… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Strategy of Reducing Its Commitments Under the Nuclear Deal Is Risky And Could Backfire

After the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the reimposition of even harsher sanctions on Tehran, coupled with Europe’s inability or unwillingness to provide Iran with relief from… Continue Reading  

Change of Government is Unlikely To Solve Iraq’s Problems

By Shireen T. Hunter In the wake of large-scale popular demonstrations in Iraq, demands for the resignation of its prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, have increased. Among the most vocal voices demanding his resignation has been the unpredictable cleric Muqtada… Continue Reading  

Without Regional Stability, The Resurgence Of The Islamic State Or Emergence of New Terror Groups Is Inevitable

By Shireen T. Hunter The death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), is good news. However, it would be a mistake to think that his demise means the end of IS. Even if IS… Continue Reading  

What is Turkey Really After in Syria?

by Shireen T. Hunter Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has justified his invasion of the Kurdish-inhabited areas of northeastern Syria in terms of preventing Syrian Kurdish groups linked to Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from assisting that group’s insurgency against… Continue Reading