Helping Iranians to Lead Normal Lives

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj “The Iranians have to suffer.” This is the message U.S. officials have relayed to their European counterparts as negotiations stall over Iran sanctions. Despite all the assurances that U.S. sanctions do not target the Iranian people, despite… 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  

Iran’s Regional Electricity Hub Plan

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by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Despite its huge oil and gas reserves, Iran has been unable to play an important role in regional and international energy market. The limitations placed on its industry, the high growth of annual domestic consumption, and… Continue Reading  

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia: Still Negotiating the Neutral Zone

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and  Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Saba

by Khalid Al-Jaber Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) paid a formal visit to Kuwait on September 30. His visit only lasted for a few hours. Since he returned to Saudi Arabia, pundits have speculated that the meeting went… Continue Reading  

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran and Europe’s Response

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by Tyler Cullis It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. This week, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against some of Iran’s major industrial companies and financial institutions. This included Bank Parsian and Sina Bank—two private… Continue Reading