Iran’s Counter-Discourse of Hope

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled a new initiative for Persian Gulf peace and stability called the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE). Set against a backdrop of… Continue Reading  

Is an American-Iranian Dialogue Coming?

by Daniel Brumberg When it comes to the clash between the Trump Administration and the Iranian government, three days can seem like a lifetime. This point was displayed by the sequence of events that began with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad… Continue Reading  

Now or Never for Trump-Rouhani Meeting

by Robert Czulda Recent actions against the safety of tankers in the Persian Gulf have once more destabilized this subregion and have heightened the anxiety of numerous commentators. Both attacks on infrastructure and the capture of tankers show that the… Continue Reading  

Can Macron’s Iran Initiative Succeed?

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In the aftermath of the G7 summit, which was marked by the surprise appearance of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the obvious and exceedingly important question is whether President Emmanuel Macron’s (rather… Continue Reading  

Rouhani Should Be Allowed to Talk with Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showed up at the G7 summit earlier this month and talked with French President Emmanuel Macron, it raised hopes that Macron’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the United States… Continue Reading