Saudi Ambitions Threaten to Inflame Middle East

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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

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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  

Iran’s Presidential Elections: Has Hassan Rouhani Met His Match?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Until only a few weeks ago, Iran’s hardliners lacked a candidate of any stature in Iran’s forthcoming presidential elections in May 2017. These principlists floated names of people such as Saeed Jalili, a former negotiator on… Continue Reading  

How Will Iran Respond to US Missile Attack in Syria?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Iran has been a major supporter of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s beleaguered president, throughout its civil war, which has entered its sixth year. In fact, until Russia decided to conduct airstrikes in Syria in September 2015, Iran… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Geopolitical Predicament and Its Consequences

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by Shireen Hunter   For some time now, most Middle East states and a good number of Western countries have portrayed Iran as the main cause of problems in the Middle East and parts of South Asia. Iran emerges from… Continue Reading