The Sochi Agreement And Its Implications

By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On October 22, coinciding with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s stinging criticism of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “thief” who “is today stealing our land,” an “excellent agreement” was reached between Erdogan and the Russian… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Counter-Discourse of Hope

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled a new initiative for Persian Gulf peace and stability called the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE). Set against a backdrop of… Continue Reading  

Can Macron’s Iran Initiative Succeed?

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In the aftermath of the G7 summit, which was marked by the surprise appearance of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the obvious and exceedingly important question is whether President Emmanuel Macron’s (rather… Continue Reading  

Collective Security in Persian Gulf: Can It Fly?

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In today’s turbulent Persian Gulf, geopolitical and geostrategic discord and rivalry have the upper hands. The idea of collective security, floated by Russia and backed by China, appears to be a lofty but unrealistic objective that… Continue Reading  

UK’s Misguided Bandwagoning with U.S. on Iran

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In a deliberate move that has potentially significant implications for the future of Iran-UK relations, the British government has seized an oil supertanker carrying Iranian oil off the cost of Gibraltar. The British has used the… Continue Reading