Abbas Fails Again

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by Mitchell Plitnick From the time he took over the leadership of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), it was obvious that Mahmoud Abbas was going to have a difficult road ahead of him. Replacing Yasser Arafat,… Continue Reading  

The Right Way to Support Human Rights in Iran

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by Eldar Mamedov When the protests erupted in Iran during the West’s holiday season, not a few folks hoped that the US and the EU would bridge their recent differences over the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

Mogherini’s Strategic Case for the Iran Deal

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by Eldar Mamedov More than two years ago, when the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) was agreed between the P5+1 and Iran, hopes were high that the deal would serve as a basis for a new kind of relationship… Continue Reading  

Europe and Iran’s Threat Perception

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by Eldar Mamedov At the end of November, a delegation of senior European lawmakers visited Iran. The delegation was chaired by Janusz Lewandowski from Poland, a former EU commissioner, representing the center-right European People´s Party, the largest bloc in the… Continue Reading  

The EU on the JCPOA: Neither “Fix” nor Nix

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by Eldar Mamedov When President Donald Trump announced his decision to “decertify” the nuclear deal with Iran in a speech on October 13, the EU´s reaction was swift and unambiguous. Minutes after Trump’s speech, the bloc´s foreign policy chief Federica… Continue Reading