Sanctions: Can Iran Avoid Taking the Bait?


by Shireen T. Hunter     The U.S. House of Representatives has just imposed new sanctions on Iran as well as on Russia and North Korea. The Iran sanctions have been justified based on its missile development and its disregard… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Will Not Go the Way of the USSR


by Shireen T. Hunter                            Since the Soviet Union dissolved in December 1991, articles have appeared in the West arguing that, sooner or later, Iran’s ethnic and linguistic… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Terrorism Challenge: How Should It Respond?


by Shireen T. Hunter Terrorist incidents in Iran have been on the rise in the last few months. At the beginning, they occurred in the two most vulnerable provinces Sistan and Baluchistan in the southeast on the border with Pakistan… Continue Reading  

Saudi Ambitions Threaten to Inflame Middle East


by Shireen Hunter Saudi Arabia has once again been flexing its muscles in the Persian Gulf, partly encouraged by the Trump administration’s full embrace of its regional views and policies. First came the spat with Qatar, supposedly over the latter’s… Continue Reading  

Scapegoating Iran Will Not Resolve Middle East Challenge


by Shireen T. Hunter During his Middle East trip, President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to pursue an ambitious list of objectives. Paramount among these is to strengthen regional cooperation in defeating the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) and Islamist… Continue Reading