Europe Loses if the Iran Deal Collapses

Federica Mogherini (Drop of Light via Shutterstock)

by Tarja Cronberg Iran is not the only loser if the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) collapses. A collapse may be near given the U.S. exit from the deal, and U.S. sanctions not only… Continue Reading  

The Effects of U.S. Sanctions on Iran’s Natural Gas Projects

South Pars field (Tasnim News Agency via Wikimedia Commons)

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Iran holds the second largest natural gas reserves in the world. Despite this advantage, the country controls less than one percent of the world’s natural gas market. Nevertheless, Iran is the third largest gas producer and,… Continue Reading  

U.S. Economic Warfare and Iran’s Politics of Muddling Through

Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Daniel Brumberg It is too early to gauge the overall economic consequences for Iran of the Trump administration’ re-imposition of oil-related sanctions. Their full impact will partly depend on the ability of the European Union (EU), China, Russia, India,… Continue Reading  

U.S. Escalates against Hezbollah: Israel Happy, EU Not

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by Ali Rizk On November 13, the State department designated Jawad Nasrallah—the son of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah—a global terrorist. At the same time, the State department announced a $5 million reward for information on two Hezbollah officials, Khalil… Continue Reading  

Rethinking EU-Saudi relations

Madawi al-Rasheed (Chatham House via Flickr)

by Eldar Mamedov The international pressure for accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist mildly critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), is starting to bear fruit. The EU’s 28 foreign ministers, under the stewardship of… Continue Reading