The ICJ Ruling: An Interim Victory For Iran and the World

International Court of Justice (Wikimedia Commons)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi On October 3, 2018, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered a stinging setback to the Trump administration’s bellicose policy toward Iran. The ICJ ordered the United States to respect humanitarian norms by suspending its sanctions… Continue Reading  

The Strait of Hormuz: Iran’s Potential Countermeasure to US Hostility

Demolition charge near a U.S. vessel in the Strait of Hormuz (photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Lee Kelsey)

by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As the Trump administration ratchets up pressures on Iran—by re-imposing the sanctions removed under the terms of the Iran nuclear accord—Iran has responded diplomatically, politically, and militarily, combining the elements of both soft… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Ties with Russia

Ali Akbar Velayati and Vladimir Putin

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi There is an ongoing and lively debate in Iranian media and in the parliament on the nature of Iran-Russia relations. The recent summit between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where both leaders… Continue Reading  

India’s Hidden Message to UN on Iran

Sushma Swaraj

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi In a remarkable and somewhat unprecedented rebuke of the US administration, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that India will not respect unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran and will recognize “only the UN sanctions.” Bound… Continue Reading  

Can Iran’s NAM Presidency help Resolve the Nuclear Dispute?

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On 20 August Al-Monitor published a perceptive article about the upcoming Iranian three-year presidency of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM). The authors were Abbas Maleki, who was a deputy foreign minister of Iran for many years, and Kaveh Afrasiabi. One of… Continue Reading