Rouhani’s Iraq Visit Undercuts U.S. Iran Policy

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi This week, President Hassan Rouhani’s three-day Iraqi visit marks an important turning point in Iran-Iraq relations. Rouhani aims to boost bilateral ties and, simultaneously, circumvent suffocating U.S. sanctions. This much-anticipated visit, Rouhani’s first as Iran’s president,… Continue Reading  

As Trump Goes Nuclear on Iranian Oil, Europe Must Match His Brinkmanship

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In the view of veteran observers of the oil industry, Trump has “gone nuclear.” Speaking during a background briefing on Tuesday, a senior state department official announced that the the Trump administration wants to completely eliminate imports… Continue Reading  

Russian-Iranian Relations: Troubled Ties

by Mark N. Katz On March 14, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov talked about how Russian-Iranian relations had reached a “new level,” and how Moscow has “been persistently developing friendly relations with Iran.” Moscow and Tehran have, as is well… Continue Reading  

The Potential for Further U.S.-Iran Talks

by LobeLog’s Tehran Correspondent In September 2013, after the historic phone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. president Barack Obama, many believed that Tehran and Washington were on the path to not only diplomatically resolving the nuclear issue… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Oil Plans in 2014

by Robin Mills Iran’s oil sector is like an ageing wrestler who could still surprise opponents with a show of strength. With this essential industry currently flat on its back, President Hassan Rouhani’s team has to find a way to… Continue Reading