New U.S. Sanctions on Iran and Europe’s Response

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by Tyler Cullis It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. This week, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against some of Iran’s major industrial companies and financial institutions. This included Bank Parsian and Sina Bank—two private… Continue Reading  

Khashoggi-gate and U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

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by Robert E. Hunter The October 2 kidnapping and probable execution of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul continues as the number one topic in the Western media. It is not just the grisly details emerging from Turkish… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Deal: Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations in the Post-Sanctions Era

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Because of the EU/U.S. sanctions regime against Iran’s energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacities have been decimated. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Iran hoped… Continue Reading  

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months.  © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign

by Human Rights Watch Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable… Continue Reading  

What Is a Rogue State?

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by Paul R. Pillar The concept of a rogue state (or outlaw state, or any equivalent term) cannot just refer to a state pursuing interests that the United States does not happen to like or identify with. States must be… Continue Reading