Iran Sanctions Herald Energy Trouble for Caucasus Nations

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by David O’Byrne The resumption of wide-ranging American sanctions on Iran promises economic uncertainty for the Islamic Republic’s neighbors in the Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. Washington’s goal of reducing Iran’s oil exports to zero will not directly impact any… Continue Reading  

Post-Election Foreign Policy Trouble

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by Paul R. Pillar On the day after the U.S. midterm elections, European politicians and analysts are bracing for disruption from Donald Trump that will be even greater than what he has perpetrated so far. Their concerns are well-founded, for… Continue Reading  

The Iranian Canary in the Coalmine

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by Matthew K. Shannon The past two years have witnessed a shift in the way that the United States interacts with the world. Although Donald Trump’s Iran policy has continuities with the regime-change mentality of the George W. Bush presidency,… Continue Reading  

Can Europe Salvage a Future for the JCPOA?

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by Andrea Dessí and Vassilis Ntousas Of all the issues that have widened the transatlantic rift since the beginning of the Trump administration, the fate of the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been the… Continue Reading  

INF Treaty and Iran: Is Trump Playing an Old Card?

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In his recent high-profile visit to Moscow, National Security Adviser John Bolton bluntly told his hosts that the United States would not back down from its announced plan to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty… Continue Reading