Balochistan: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

by James M. Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped… Continue Reading  

Attacks in Iran: The Enemies of My Enemies

by Fatemeh Aman As Iran fires missiles into Syria as part of its “crushing response” to the perpetrators of the recent unprecedented terrorist attacks in Tehran, these attacks can also have an enormous impact on Iran’s internal politics. They could… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Terrorism Challenge: How Should It Respond?

by Shireen T. Hunter Terrorist incidents in Iran have been on the rise in the last few months. At the beginning, they occurred in the two most vulnerable provinces Sistan and Baluchistan in the southeast on the border with Pakistan… Continue Reading  

Iran-Pakistan Ties Challenged by Regional Violence

by Fatemeh Aman Escalating violence against the Islamic Republic of Iran from the volatile region of Baluchistan shows that Tehran’s approach toward regional insurgency may require revision. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iranian consulate in Peshawar in… Continue Reading  

U.S. Labels Iranian rebel group ‘terrorists’ ahead of talks

In a move on Wednesday that some analysts consider a concession to Iran ahead of the upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program, the U.S. State Department labeled the Iranian Sunni militant group, Jundullah, a “Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of… Continue Reading