Neither Thaw nor War: Steering the U.S. and Iran Out of No-Man’s-Land

By Ghoncheh Tazmini With protests flaring up around the country over a hike in fuel prices, the atmosphere in Iran is febrile. At the same time, it is eerily quiet with the near-total internet shutdown cutting the country off from… Continue Reading  

The Russian-Iranian Axis: An Eternal Marriage (of Convenience)

by Ghoncheh Tazmini While the European Union’s plan to establish a “special purpose vehicle” to protect Iranian commerce from U.S. sanctions continues to underwhelm Iranian leaders, the Russian government has taken a decisive step to help Iran circumnavigate sanctions by… Continue Reading  

The Iranian Seizure of the Stena Impero: the Flagship of Imperialism  

by Ghoncheh Tazmini The Stena Impero, a 30 thousand tonne British-flagged tanker, was seized in the Persian Gulf by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on July 19. Sailing in the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s key maritime chokepoint, the vessel… Continue Reading