Can Kuwait Facilitate a Thaw in Saudi-Iranian Relations?

by Giorgio Cafiero Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid traveled to Tehran late last month to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. While making his rare visit to the Iranian capital, Kuwait’s top diplomat… Continue Reading  

Algeria in Yemen: Combatant or Mediator?

by Giorgio Cafiero Unsettled by years of expanded and consolidated Iranian influence across the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and its regional allies launched a war in Yemen last March to crush a Zaidi Houthi rebellion. Yet for the Saudis and… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Landmines: A Never-Ending Nightmare

by Mehrnaz Samimi Akbar, 47, needs to wrap his leg stump in layer after layer of cloth. His leg was amputated after he stepped on a hidden landmine on his way from work, in western Iran, an area still contaminated… Continue Reading  

Iranian Vets Also Push for Nuclear Deal

by Narges Bajoghli “When I was 22, I went to war…I went to war, and it became clear to me that I never wanted to go to war again,” Secretary John Kerry reportedly said, choking up, at a closed-door session… Continue Reading  

The Iran Nuclear Deal and the Question of “Trust”

by Derek Davison Politico reports that the White House effort to lobby Senate Democrats on the Iran deal has already started, and the theme that seems to be common among skeptical Dems is that we can’t trust Iran. Here are… Continue Reading