War with Iran Would Not Mean Happy Ending for Middle East

by Shireen T. Hunter A recent article by veteran Washington Post columnist David Ignatius urges Democratic Party politicians to adopt a harder posture on Iran. He seems to suggest that if Iran were to stop interfering in Middle East politics,… Continue Reading  

Keeping Iran Safe and Prosperous Is Ultimately Its Leaders’ Responsibility

by Shireen T. Hunter     The United States and Iran just avoided a military confrontation that could have degenerated into an open conflict. If allowed to escalate, this conflict would have led to an all-out war with devastating consequence for… Continue Reading  

Iran Has No Good Options in Responding to American Pressures

by Shireen T. Hunter     With the failure of the latest mediation efforts between Iran and the United States by the prime minister of Japan, followed by attacks on two tankers in the Gulf  of Oman, Iran has decided to… Continue Reading  

Can Mediation Efforts Between US and Iran Succeed?

by Shireen T. Hunter     Tehran these days has been witnessing a lot of diplomatic visitors. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas just ended a visit to Iran and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo  Abe will be in Tehran in mid-June. The… Continue Reading  

What Is Russia’s Game in U.S.-Iran Standoff?

by Shireen T. Hunter      During his visit to Japan last month, President Donald Trump suggested some softening of American position regarding Iran and indicated that the United States welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s mediation between Tehran and Washington. Soon… Continue Reading