The Warsaw Conference and the Isolated Superpower

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration tried to make this week’s Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the… Continue Reading  

European SPV Offers Lifeline to Iran and the JCPOA

by Derek Davison Three European nations scrambling to salvage the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) announced on January 29 the formation of a new “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to preserve their commercial ties with… Continue Reading  

Warsaw’s “Iran” Summit: What Lies Beneath

by Jeremy Shapiro, Ellie Geranmayeh, and Piotr Buras This month, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced that the United States and Poland would jointly host a summit that will include “an important element of making sure that Iran is… Continue Reading  

The Economic War Against Iran

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj There is a telling line in Thomas Erdbrink’s recent report on Iran’s roiling currency crisis. Erbrink speaks to Kaveh and Reihaneh Taymouri, whose monthly household income fell from about $1,400 to just $90 following the collapse of… Continue Reading  

Brussels, not Tehran, in Pompeo’s Crosshairs

by Eldar Mamedov During his trip to the Middle East the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14 to “promote freedom, peace and stability in the Middle East.” Such objectives, judging by his… Continue Reading