Trump Provoked a Crisis with Iran, and Now May Try to Solve It

by Ryan Costello Trump’s firing of John Bolton has single-handedly dealt a two-pronged blow to those in Washington who sought to maneuver him into a devastating war with Iran. Not only has the likelihood of conflict gone down with Bolton… Continue Reading  

Is Iran at Risk of Becoming a Chinese Colony?

by Shireen T. Hunter According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement they had reached in 2016 called the China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic… Continue Reading  

After Trump Calls Off Taliban Talks, What’s Next for Afghanistan?

by Fatemeh Aman President Trump’s abrupt cancellation of planned peace talks at Camp David between the Taliban and the Afghan government as part of a U.S. withdrawal plan seems to have had the immediate effect of ousting his national security… 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  

Is Iran Abnormal?

by Mohammad Ataie It is fashionable among Trump administration officials to call Iran “abnormal.” Unless Iran behaves like “a normal nation,” says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against it will continue. Even in recent days,… Continue Reading