The Coming U.S.-Iran Showdown at UN

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Nader Entessar Once again, the United Nations is about to turn into a battleground between the United States and Iran, which are experiencing one of the darkest moments in their bilateral relations. Both President Donald Trump… Continue Reading  

A Power Shift to the East: Iran and the SCO

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi and Seyedrasoul Mousavi On June 8-9, the 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Qingdao, China. The SCO consists of eight full members (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, India, and… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Plan B on Iran: An Exercise in Futility

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by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The scene at the Heritage Foundation today could have come from the film The Ugly American. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo devoted his first major foreign-policy speech—since assuming the office from his more affable, and certainly… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Range of Options 

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by Nader Entessar and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi As the clock ticks closer to Trump’s Iran decision in mid-May, dark clouds are thickening over the Iran deal as a result of the recent White House reshuffling of replacing relative Iran doves… Continue Reading