Trump Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions for “Last Time”


by Derek Davison The White House announced on Friday afternoon that Donald Trump will extend waivers on sanctions against Iran for another 120 days, under the terms of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). However,… Continue Reading  

Clean Break II: Iran Hawks Decide to Burn It All Down


by Derek Davison and Jim Lobe The 20th century was rife with partitions, many of them involving European powers carving up colonial possessions in Africa and the Middle East with what often appears to have been little or no concern… Continue Reading  

Renewed Uncertainty for the JCPOA


by Derek Davison With relatively little fanfare, an important deadline passed by on December 12: the 60-day window during which Congress could have reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. That window had been opened on October 13 when President Donald Trump—under… Continue Reading  

Poll: Middle Easterners Want Good Relations with U.S., Russia


by Derek Davison A new survey from Zogby Research Services (ZRS) finds that large majorities across the Middle East want their governments to get along with both the United States and Russia, despite their hostility toward both countries’ involvement in… Continue Reading  

On the Destabilization of the Middle East


by Derek Davison One of America’s favorite talking points on Iran is its “destabilizing” role in the Middle East. There’s no question that Iran does things that contribute to regional instability. In particular, it frequently supports armed non-state actors that… Continue Reading