Keep Expectations of Iran’s New Regional Role Realistic


by Shireen T. Hunter Only a few short weeks ago, Iran was considered the main instigator of all the troubles in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and, according to some, even in Latin America. Some in the US and in… Continue Reading  

What the Nuclear Deal Says about Iran’s Politics and Society


by Shireen T. Hunter In the aftermath of the recent nuclear accord on Iran’s nuclear program, it is important to understand correctly the Islamic Republic’s motives for signing the deal with the United States (and the other P5+1 countries) and the… Continue Reading  

Does Obama Really Want an Agreement with Iran?

President Barack Obama attends a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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by Shireen Hunter The framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear file concluded in Lausanne on April 2, to be followed by completion of a comprehensive agreement by June 30, was an important achievement for Iran, the United States, and the other P5+… Continue Reading  

The Consequences of Saudi Paranoia about Iran


by Shireen T. Hunter By militarily attacking Yemen, Saudi Arabia has committed its second aggression against a regional country in less than four years. The first was in Bahrain in 2011. This time, in addition to some Gulf Cooperation Council members,… Continue Reading  

Is Iran the Leader of a Shia International?


by Shireen Hunter The Shias of Yemen, who now control the capital city of Sanaa, are threatening to take political power by force if negotiations for a power-sharing agreement fail. These advances by the Zaidi Shias—variously known as the Houtis… Continue Reading