Sotoudeh’s Case is Iran’s Own Goal

Nasrin Sotoudeh (Facebook)

by Eldar Mamedov Last week, the European Parliament joined the international outcry over the sentencing of Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to a long prison term by voting overwhelmingly for a resolution calling for her release. The European Parliament… Continue Reading  

Britain and EU Diverge on Hezbollah

Hezbollah flag flying in London during Al-Quds Day rally in 2018 (Edward Crawford via Shutterstock)

by Ali Rizk In 2008, Britain designated “Hezbollah’s military wing” a terrorist organization, which diverged from the official EU stance. It wasn’t until mid-July 2013 that the EU adopted a similar position following claims that the Lebanese movement was responsible… Continue Reading  

Zarif’s Resignation: Foreign Betrayal, Domestic Infighting

Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani (Wikimedia Commons)

by Farhang Jahanpour After Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation via Instagram shortly before midnight local time on February 25, many foreign pundits and officials celebrated his departure. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was “Zarif is… Continue Reading  

Why Tehran Is Talking about a Post-West World Order

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj (Wikimedia Commons)

by Deepika Saraswat The Iranian leadership has traditionally fended off popular anger against the country’s economic situation by pushing for self-reliance in both the economic and security domains. In 2012, at the height of crippling sanctions over Iran’s controversial nuclear… Continue Reading  

The Dark Side of the UAE

Matthew Hedges (BBC Radio)

by Eldar Mamedov On February 19, the Sub-Committee on Human Rights of the European Parliament, jointly with the Delegation for Relations with the Arabian Peninsula, held a hearing on the situation of human rights in Persian Gulf countries. The event… Continue Reading