Burned by Trump, Iranians Report Negative Views of the United States

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Three new waves of nationally-representative surveys conducted by the University of Maryland over the past six months paint a damning picture of the Trump administration’s Iran policy. Negative perceptions of the United States among the Iranian public… Continue Reading  

Abu Dhabi Can’t Afford to Keep Iran Out of Dubai

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj As the world teeters on the edge of another financial crisis, few places are being gripped by anxiety like Dubai. Every week a new headline portends the coming crisis in the city of skyscrapers. Dubai villa prices… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Patience May Be Running Out

by Derek Davison The Iranian government’s decision to reduce its adherence to the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) reflects a “move from strategic patience to strategic action” in the face of mounting U.S. sanctions, according… Continue Reading  

Putting Iranian People Before Non-Proliferation

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj With such a vibrant economy and society, it is hard to be anything but optimistic about Iran in the long term, even in the recent dark days. Iran’s challenges have always been about prospects in the short… Continue Reading  

The United States and Iran Are in a Quantum War

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj It took just under an hour for staff at Israel’s Government Press Office to delete a tweet that suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had finally decided to wage war on Iran. The office replaced that tweet… Continue Reading