Saudi Arabia and Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black on Exiles

Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Johannes Jansson/norden.org)

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Deal: Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations in the Post-Sanctions Era

Headquarters of the Petroleum Ministry in Tehran (Maps/Shutterstock)

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Because of the EU/U.S. sanctions regime against Iran’s energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacities have been decimated. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Iran hoped… Continue Reading  

Can the EU Lead on Sanctions against Saudi Arabia?

Pier Antonio Panzeri (European Parliament)

by Eldar Mamedov As U.S. lawmakers seek sanctions against those responsible for the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi—a mild critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler—their European counterparts are acting… Continue Reading  

Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Dilip Hiro One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground.  His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Assault on Europe

Anti-Trump protesters float a giant “baby Trump” in London. (Shutterstock)

by John Feffer Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary… Continue Reading