Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another… Continue Reading  

Iran, India, and EU Scramble to Formulate Afghanistan Policy

by Aveek Sen With the Trump administration in a mad dash to exit Afghanistan, most of its partners are left confused, including Afghanistan, the European Union (EU), and India. The EU has hinted multiple times that its approach to peace… Continue Reading  

The Risks of Maximizing Pressure on Iran

by Ali Vaez The U.S. decision on 22 April to end sanctions exemptions for Iran’s remaining oil customers, following on an earlier designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), significantly escalates the Trump administration’s… Continue Reading  

U.S. Ends Oil Sanctions Waivers for Iran

by Aveek Sen U.S. sanctions waivers for Iranian oil that the United States issued to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Taiwan won’t be renewed on May 2, according to the White House. Iran retaliated by saying… Continue Reading  

Foreign Lessons on How to Run an Election

by Paul R. Pillar Although most attention has focused, understandably and appropriately, on what Robert Mueller’s report says about conduct in the White House, it would be a mistake to overlook the report’s detailed account of a foreign government’s multifaceted… Continue Reading