Iran Isn’t A ‘Unitary State,’ Domestic Politics Play A Role In Its Foreign Policy

By Jalil Bayat A nearly 40-year absence of ties between Iran and the United States has culminated in misunderstandings and mistakes between the two governments and an insufficient understanding between the two societies. This is the case even among the… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Goals in the Fight against Economic Corruption

by Jalil Bayat The Iranian government began an unprecedented fight against economic corruption over a year ago. News of trials in corruption cases is broadcast on Iranian state television and other media outlets every day and officials, particularly in the… Continue Reading  

Trump Has Strengthened Hardliners in Iran

by Jalil Bayat Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran—including his decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)—has empowered the position of hardliners in Iran’s foreign and security policy establishments. Europe’s inability… Continue Reading  

The Step Trump Can Take to Start Talks with Iran

by Jalil Bayat Iran began the second stage of rolling back its nuclear commitments on 7 July, by increasing its uranium enrichment levels from the 3.67 percent limit stipulated by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This was… Continue Reading  

Iran’s JCPOA Exit: Strategic Mistake or Stepping Stone?

by Jalil Bayat Iran’s recent decision to leave the 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) stage by stage can only mean one of two things. It is either a strategic mistake or a stepping stone… Continue Reading