Europe’s Balancing Act on Nuclear Deal: Wooing Trump Without Losing Iran

Federica Mogherini, the EU's point person on foreign policy

by Ellie Geranmayeh For much of Iran’s political elite, and its overwhelmingly young population, the nuclear deal is becoming a story of failure. This situation risks impacting on Tehran’s willingness to engage politically and to reach diplomatic compromises with Western… Continue Reading  

EU3 Maneuvering on Iran is Short-Sighted

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

by Eldar Mamedov Addressing the US Congress this week, and the European Parliament a week earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned plea for multilateralism and a liberal world order. Yet his suggestion in Washington, after meeting the President… Continue Reading  

New Deals, Old Deals, and Non-Deals with Iran

Brian Hook

by Paul R. Pillar The discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron about devising, in Macron’s words, a “new deal with Iran” may be an instance of different governments using similar words to mean very different things.… Continue Reading  

Having Wounded the Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Must Travel to Tehran

Emmanuel Macron (Wikimedia Commons)

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj In a joint press conference during a much anticipated state visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed that he and Donald Trump “had very frank discussions” on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and that… Continue Reading  

How can we protect Syria’s civilians against the Damascus regime?

Syrian girls walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in rebel-held Aleppo in 2015 (Jordi Bernabeu Farrús via Flickr)

by Gilles Dorronsoro By no stretch of the imagination does the Western bombing of Syria following the chemical weapons attack by the Bashar al-Assad regime on its people constitute a sufficient or proportional response to this crime. Nevertheless, it is legitimate… Continue Reading