Attacks On Saudi Arabia’s Oil Installations Could Escalate Persian Gulf Tensions to Dangerous Levels

by Shireen T. Hunter Sautrday’s apparent drone attacks against Saudi Arabia’s oil installation at Abqaiq and its oil field at Khurais—both located in the kingdom’s predominantly Shia Eastern Province—have once more raised the political temperatures in the Persian Gulf. Reportedly,… Continue Reading  

The Systemic Problem of “Iran Expertise” in Washington

This piece was originally published at Jadaliyya as part of the launch of their new Iran Page and is excerpted and republished here with permission. Congratulations to Jadaliyya on the new venture! by Negar Razavi In this piece, I want… Continue Reading  

Why Ayatollah Khamenei Has Blocked Negotiation with the U.S.

by Kayhan Barzegar Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defined the current status of relations between Iran and the United States as “no war, no negotiation.” His position, in addition to showing Iran’s indomitability or resistance against President Trump’s… Continue Reading  

Trump Provoked a Crisis with Iran, and Now May Try to Solve It

by Ryan Costello Trump’s firing of John Bolton has single-handedly dealt a two-pronged blow to those in Washington who sought to maneuver him into a devastating war with Iran. Not only has the likelihood of conflict gone down with Bolton… Continue Reading  

Is Iran at Risk of Becoming a Chinese Colony?

by Shireen T. Hunter According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement they had reached in 2016 called the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic… Continue Reading