Obsession with Iran Destabilizes the Middle East

Muqtada al-Sadr

by Eldar Mamedov The Trump administration has used rolling back Iran’s “malign” influence in the Middle East as a mantra to justify its aggressive approach to the country. The US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: Will Europe Rise to the Occasion?

Angela Merkel (Christliches Medienmagazin pro via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov  This week will see a flurry of activity in the European Union designed to save the nuclear deal with Iran, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After President Donald Trump announced the U.S.… Continue Reading  

EU3 Maneuvering on Iran is Short-Sighted

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

by Eldar Mamedov Addressing the US Congress this week, and the European Parliament a week earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned plea for multilateralism and a liberal world order. Yet his suggestion in Washington, after meeting the President… Continue Reading  

To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Should Adjust its Strategy

Negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal in March 2015 (U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons)

by Eldar Mamedov With the May 12 deadline set by U.S. President Donald Trump to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) approaching, European Union foreign ministers failed to agree on new sanctions against Iran… Continue Reading  

Dealing with Bolton: Appeasement is Not an Option

Photo: John Bolton (Donkey Hotey via Flickr).

by Eldar Mamedov John Bolton, the newly appointed national security advisor to the President Donald Trump, summarized in his memoirs his experiences as the US ambassador to the United Nations by saying that “surrender is not an option.” Throughout his… Continue Reading