A Letter to Donald Trump from an Iranian War Veteran

by Habib Ahmadzadeh President Trump, in a recent tweet, claimed that “Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation.” As a world citizen, and a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war with firsthand experience of the bitterness of war,… Continue Reading  

How History Shapes Strategic Thinking: The Iranian Case

by Mohammad H. Pirkoohi It is almost impossible to decouple the behavior of international players from their historical experiences. From this perspective, history does not belong to the past but to the future. It is a compass that helps anticipate… Continue Reading  

Recurring Regional Crisis: Blame Chessboard Diplomacy

by Shireen T. Hunter    The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, apparently by order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has opened a debate on the wisdom of the West’s treatment of Saudi Arabia. This is but the latest… Continue Reading  

Strangulation of Persia: Why Trump’s Iran Policy Will Backfire

by Sina Azodi Over the past four decades, U.S.-Iranian relations have experienced frequent periods of hostility. The Trump administration, however, has escalated tensions, going as far as threatening Iran with war. The administration is under the false impression that by… Continue Reading  

Don’t Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal

 by Tytti Erästö and Sina Azodi  One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent… Continue Reading