Burned by Trump, Iranians Report Negative Views of the United States

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Three new waves of nationally-representative surveys conducted by the University of Maryland over the past six months paint a damning picture of the Trump administration’s Iran policy. Negative perceptions of the United States among the Iranian public… Continue Reading  

The Russian-Iranian Axis: An Eternal Marriage (of Convenience)

by Ghoncheh Tazmini While the European Union’s plan to establish a “special purpose vehicle” to protect Iranian commerce from U.S. sanctions continues to underwhelm Iranian leaders, the Russian government has taken a decisive step to help Iran circumnavigate sanctions by… Continue Reading  

Why Iran’s Strategy of Reversible Escalation Is Working

by Eldar Mamedov A year after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and instituted its “maximum pressure” campaign against the country in May 2018, Iran… Continue Reading  

The Stubborn Persistence of Failed Maximum Pressure Against Iran

by Paul R. Pillar It is a sure sign that the Trump administration’s campaign to squeeze Iran into submission is a failure when those who customarily favor pressuring Iran acknowledge that failure. Take what has become the administration’s go-to rationale… Continue Reading  

IAEA Chief’s Death Could Spell the End of the Iran Nuclear Deal

by Shemuel Meir The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program and prevents it from developing nuclear weapons, has reached a critical juncture. In the midst of the crisis surrounding the future of… Continue Reading