Few Hopes for Iran Breakthrough


by Jim Lobe via IPS News Despite an agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) to resume long-delayed talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme in Kazakhstan at the end of this month,… Continue Reading  

The Domino Theory: Bank Saderat to Come Off the EU Sanctions List?


by Erich Ferrari via Sanctions Law There is a lot of stuff going on in the world of sanctions today. First, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued guidance both on the impact… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Economy After Devaluation


by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Four months after the collapse of the rial earlier this fall, Iran’s economy is still reeling from its effects. The rial lost 40% of its value in one week late last September, succumbing to accumulating pressures from… Continue Reading  

Kazakhstan: Astana Registers Diplomatic Boost with Iran Nuclear Talks


by Joanna Lillis When Iranian officials sit down at the negotiating table in Almaty with representatives from six international powers, Kazakhstan will gain kudos that will burnish its international diplomatic image and raise the prestige of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The event may… Continue Reading  

Is Iran’s December Oil Export Hike Permanent?


by Sara Vakhshouri Sanctions against Iran by the European Union and the United States, which aim to change Iran’s attitude toward its nuclear program, have increased pressure on its oil export and revenue. This resulted in the reduction of Iran’s oil… Continue Reading