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

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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  

North Korea’s Negotiating Position Is Out of Reach for Iran, Even if It Acquires a Bomb

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The Singapore Summit was bittersweet for those working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Just a few weeks after Trump violated a robust, multilateral arms control agreement, he choreographed his own bid to strike a similar agreement… Continue Reading  

They Want War With Iran, They’re Settling for Economic War

Valiollah Seif

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Valiollah Seif, governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” accusing him of moving “ millions of dollars on… Continue Reading  

New Iran Polling Data Provides Vital Background for Trump’s Pending Announcement

Hassan Rouhani

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj With Trump finally poised to announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal, many policymakers and business leaders are understandably feeling that, even though bad news is expected, there will finally be some clarity on the future… Continue Reading  

Having Wounded the Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Must Travel to Tehran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In a joint press conference during a much anticipated state visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed that he and Donald Trump “had very frank discussions” on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and that… Continue Reading