Demonizing and Dehumanizing Iran

by Shireen Hunter Commenting on the devastating and widespread floods that have engulfed 26 of Iran’s 31 provinces, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo essentially blamed this huge natural disaster on the Iranian government’s mismanagement. He has a valid point. By… Continue Reading  

What Did Rouhani Really Get From His Iraq Visit?

by Shireen T. Hunter         In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Iraq has been hailed as a great victory. In particular, Iranian officials and media have portrayed the visit as demonstrating the inability of the United States as… Continue Reading  

Zarif’s Resignation: What Next for Iran’s Policy?

by Shireen T. Hunter   On February 25, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, announced his resignation via an Instagram  message. It is not yet clear whether President Hassan Rouhani will accept the resignation. But Zarif was not present in the… Continue Reading  

Imran Khan Resumes Pakistan’s Old Habits

by Shireen T. Hunter     Two terrorist attacks occurred almost simultaneously, on February 12 and February 14, in Indian-administered Kashmir and in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province. The target of both attacks were military and paramilitary personnel. Jaish Muhammad claimed… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Punishment Has Far Exceeded Its Crimes

by Shireen Hunter     The  U.S.-sponsored conference in Warsaw, which just concluded in Warsaw, was ostensibly about peace and stability in the Middle East. But it was really just an opportunity to gang up on Iran. Before attending the meeting,… Continue Reading