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Ending FGM in Iran Needs International Support

Ending FGM in Iran Needs International Support

There is a growing body of evidence revealing that women and girls in communities in Iran and other parts of the Middle East are being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Yet efforts to end the practice often result in a backlash from conservative sections of society. With little...

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

In 2019, former US President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation about a conversation he had with Donald Trump, the incumbent president at the time. He said Trump called him for advice about China. Carter, who normalized US ties with China in 1979, told the president that the United States had...

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

Can Self-Help Diplomacy Lower Political Heat in the Middle East?

Since the end of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the United States has been the unchallenged dominant power in the Middle East and North Africa. As such, it often saw its role, for better or worse, as fixing the region’s many problems. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iraq and Saddam Hussein, Iran,...

Will Saudi-Iran Talks Lead to Anything?

Will Saudi-Iran Talks Lead to Anything?

Saudi Arabia and Iran have engaged in four rounds of talks over the last six months, the most recent of which with the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi already inaugurated as president. A fifth meeting is expected to take place before the end of 2021. The success of the negotiations will depend, to an...

Iran’s Ethnic Minorities Face Double Discrimination

Iran’s Ethnic Minorities Face Double Discrimination

Last month, human rights organizations and many national legislatures commemorated the anniversary of the November 2019 protests in Iran and the crackdown that followed. The regime’s response included the murder of more than 130 Ahwazi Arabs. Iran’s ethnic minorities endure double...

It’s Time to Revise the American Concept of Time

It’s Time to Revise the American Concept of Time

In the spring of 2020, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden affirmed what his policy concerning the Iran nuclear deal would be if elected: “I would rejoin the agreement and use our renewed commitment to diplomacy to work with our allies to strengthen and extend it.” After eight months...

The Economic War That Truly Is Forever

The Economic War That Truly Is Forever

For more than a century the United States of America’s consumer society has been heating up the Earth with impunity. To keep the temperature down, the Biden administration, like other administrations of the past, has decided to freeze money. That’s what it is doing now to the new Afghan...

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

The War on Terror Drove Iraq Into Iran’s Orbit

After al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, then-US President George W. Bush declared his (in)famous doctrine of the global war on terror, which will continue to have a great effect on the Middle East and the world for the coming decades, if not...

Iran and the Taliban

Iran and the Taliban

The chaotic situation in Afghanistan is a major concern for all neighboring countries, including Iran. Hamidreza Azizi, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Berlin-based German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyzes Tehran's relationship with the Taliban.

Joe Biden Faces a Dilemma Over Iran

Joe Biden Faces a Dilemma Over Iran

Everything old is new again, at least when it comes to US President Joe Biden’s deterrence credibility problem with Iran. This must seem like déjà vu to him, since he witnessed similar dynamics play out during an earlier stint at the White House. Several weeks ago came news that the FBI had...

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

The Reassuring Presence of Multiple Threats

In April, the US director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, presented an important document produced by the nation’s intelligence community, the 2021 Annual Threat Assessment. It was designed to demonstrate that the newly inaugurated president, Joe Biden, is ready to respond to any or all...

Sanctions on Iran

Sanctions on Iran

There is a decades-old history of Washington imposing sanctions on Iran for various reasons. Emma Scott, the Iran lead and research assistant at Project Alpha in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London, discusses the background of sanctions on Tehran.

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