Zarif Resigns, Then Returns with Stronger Hand

by Dina Esfandiary When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announced his resignation through a cryptic post on Instagram, everyone was taken by surprise. This was a risky but clever ploy for a vote of confidence at a time where both… Continue Reading  

Trump v. Rouhani at the UN

by Dina Esfandiary  The war of words between Iran and the US is nothing new. But this year, the Trump and Rouhani administrations took the bickering to another level. As the United States threatened Tehran with action, it also called… Continue Reading  

The Bear, The Dragon, and The Persian Cat

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj  “Today, Russia and China effectively shelter Iran from complete isolation and provide it with political support, defence assistance, and economic ties it cannot receive elsewhere.” That is the primary contention of a new book by Dina Esfandiary,… Continue Reading  

Trump Uses Uncertainty Against Iran

by Dina Esfandiary Last week, President Trump announced that he would renew sanctions waivers for Iran. But he also imposed non-nuclear sanctions and renewed his call to Congress to “fix” the deal or else. By doing so, Trump fosters uncertainty.… Continue Reading  

Yemen: An Opportunity for Iran-Saudi Dialogue?

by Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai The news out of Yemen continues to be grim. Week after week the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries that committed troops to the Saudi-led Operation Restore Hope—previously dubbed Operation Decisive Storm—see body bags return home. And… Continue Reading