Trump Begins Circumventing the Iran Nuclear Deal


by Derek Davison According to Reuters, the U.S. government is planning to impose new sanctions on “multiple Iranian entities” in the coming days, possibly as soon as Friday. If, or when, this comes to pass it will be the first… Continue Reading  

Can International Cooperation Revitalize Wetlands on Afghanistan-Iran Border?


by Fatemeh Aman Efforts to revive the Hamoun wetlands on the Iran-Afghanistan border are intensifying. A recent panel at the Atlantic Council described international involvement as vital both to help resolve this environmental challenge and to raise awareness about the devastating impact… Continue Reading  

The Case of David Albright’s Missing Objectivity


by Derek Davison During a panel discussion hosted by the Atlantic Council on December 17, on the topic of Iran’s obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), panel member David Albright, the founder of the Institute for Science… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Tell Me How This Ends


by James Spencer “Tell me how this ends,” then-Major General Petraeus reportedly asked during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This was a surprising question, since none other than former Secretary of Defense and then-Vice President Dick Cheney had foreseen the likely… Continue Reading  

Iranian Academic Suggests Opening for Changing Iran’s Role in the Middle East


by Derek Davison The nature of Iran’s role in the Middle East has recently been a popular discussion topic among Washington policymakers as they considered the impact that reduced sanctions against Tehran might have on the region. As part of… Continue Reading