U.S. Troop Withdrawals Threaten Greater Gulf Assertiveness

Mohammad bin Salman and Donald Trump

by James M. Dorsey As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan [reports of the latter have been disputed by the Trump administration] that his insistence that the… Continue Reading  

Stepped Up U.S. Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port

Chabahar coast, Iran (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration’s exemption of the port… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan’s Neighbors and the Prospect of a U.S. Withdrawal

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan (U.S. Army)

by Fatemeh Aman How can we explain Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw part of the U.S. force currently in Afghanistan, at a time when U.S. officials are attempting to facilitate negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government? Perhaps there… Continue Reading  

Iranian-Indian Energy Relations Under Sanctions

Narendra Modi and Hassan Rouhani (Narendra Modi via Flickr)

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Since it has huge oil and gas reserves and is geographically quite close, Iran is ideally placed to provide energy to India, and thus the country is Iran’s second largest oil market after China. Even at… Continue Reading  

Terrorism in Chabahar

Suicide bombing in Chabahar (Tasnim)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On December 6, Iran’s Chabahar port was the target of a terrorist attack when a vehicle laden with explosives was detonated in front of a police station, killing two and injuring more than 30 civilians. Although… Continue Reading