The United States Can’t Have Its JCPOA and Eat It Too

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by Shireen T. Hunter Last year’s nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA), has many detractors in the United States and elsewhere, including U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. They have always maintained that… Continue Reading  

Restraint in the Persian Gulf

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by Paul Pillar Hardliners who—for their separate reasons in each of the countries where such hardliners live—are still determined to sabotage the agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program must have been salivating when they first heard yesterday that Iran had… Continue Reading  

Iraqi Turmoil And the Global Oil Market

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by Sara Vakhshouri On Saturday June 21, Iraq’s largest refinery at Baiji finally succumbed to the forces of the radical Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, often referred to as the Islamic State in… Continue Reading  

Hope and Change with Rouhani?

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by Omid Memarian The election of Hassan Rouhani has split Iranian analysts into three groups: the overly enthusiastic, the destructively pessimistic and the cautiously optimistic. The enthusiasts and the pessimists both present potentially inaccurate analyses of Iran’s current situation, views… Continue Reading  

Former Insiders Criticise Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony

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by Gareth Porter via IPS News A review of Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett’s “Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran” (Metropolitan Books, 2013) “Going to Tehran” arguably represents… Continue Reading