Not So Fast, Bibi: Why New Sanctions Won’t Bring Down The Islamic Republic

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikimedia Commons)

by Shemuel Meir President Trump’s recent declaration on the renewal of the oil and finance sanctions on Iran were greeted with great enthusiasm by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu thanked President Trump for the severe sanctions, which would impose… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Deal: Turkish-Iranian Energy Relations in the Post-Sanctions Era

Headquarters of the Petroleum Ministry in Tehran (Maps/Shutterstock)

by Omid Shokri Kalehsar Because of the EU/U.S. sanctions regime against Iran’s energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacities have been decimated. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Iran hoped… Continue Reading  

U.S.-Gulf States Relations: Mutual Sobering?

Donald Trump with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

by Yoel Guzansky and Eldad Shavit Examination of several issues on the agenda between the United States and the Gulf states, and Saudi Arabia in particular, indicates that both sides have found it difficult to live up to the high… Continue Reading  

Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)?

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by Dilip Hiro One thing already seems clear in the Trump era: the world will not turn out to be the American president’s playground.  His ultra-unilateralist, rejectionist policies on trade, the Iran denuclearization agreement, the costs of defense, and climate… Continue Reading  

Attacking the “Deep State”

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by John Feffer Donald Trump has many enemies. And he has long had an enemies list: all the people that he has attacked repeatedly in person, in print, and on Twitter. But now Trump, as president, has drawn up a… Continue Reading