EU-Saudi Relations After Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

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by Eldar Mamedov More than one month after the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, the issue refuses to fade away into oblivion. As part of an effort to keep it on the agenda,… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Iran Dilemma

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by Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh Earlier this week, Denmark’s foreign ministry accused Iran of planning an assassination on Danish soil. According to Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, the plot targeted the leader of Iranian separatist group the Arab Struggle Movement… Continue Reading  

Helping Iranians to Lead Normal Lives

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj “The Iranians have to suffer.” This is the message U.S. officials have relayed to their European counterparts as negotiations stall over Iran sanctions. Despite all the assurances that U.S. sanctions do not target the Iranian people, despite… Continue Reading  

Can Europe Salvage a Future for the JCPOA?

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by Andrea Dessí and Vassilis Ntousas Of all the issues that have widened the transatlantic rift since the beginning of the Trump administration, the fate of the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been the… Continue Reading  

Regional Risks of Rising U.S.-Iran Rivalry

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by Naysan Rafati The re-imposition of U.S. sanctions against Iran’s banking and energy sectors on 5 November is a key element of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan… Continue Reading