Iran and the Taliban

August 30, 2021

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.

Sanctions on Iran

June 15, 2021

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.

Can the US and Iran Compromise in Vienna?

May 11, 2021

Members of the P5+1 have been facilitating indirect US-Iran talks in Vienna with the hope of reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the US pulled out of in 2018. Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, explains what is at stake.

Iran and the New Geopolitical Reality in Azerbaijan

April 01, 2021

Armenia and Azerbaijan’s six-week war for control of Nagorno-Karabakh came to an end with a Russia-brokered deal on November 10, 2020. However, the agreement, which Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian leaders signed, has major implications for Iran.

The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

October 19, 2020

The future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the Iran nuclear deal — is uncertain. In the absence of US leadership, representatives of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia and Iran met on September 1 in Vienna to discuss the accord. The deal, which imposes...

Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

September 23, 2020

Ever since 1979, Iran has pursued its interests in the Horn of Africa. To Tehran, this volatile and impoverished part of Africa has represented a region where it could gain strategic depth and undermine agendas of countries seeking to weaken and isolate the Islamic Republic.

Trump’s Failure in the Middle East

August 19, 2020

A stunning and humiliating sign of America’s loss of leadership was the UN Security Council’s rejection on August 14 of the US attempt to extend the arms embargo on Iran. None of its traditional allies, including Britain, France and Germany, supported the US. Washington was only backed by...

The American Quest to Kill

January 14, 2020

It always seems to work here in America, no matter how many times it shouldn’t work and no matter how many times the only real outcome is more dead bodies. So, this time it was Trump’s turn. Run up the flag, kick off an armed conflict, send off the troops, wipe out the “enemy” to save...

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

January 10, 2020

At his speech on January 8 following the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases hosting American forces, US President Donald Trump announced, with his usual tone of self-congratulation, that "Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for...

Was Qassem Soleimani a Bad Guy or a Martyr?

January 07, 2020

When people live (and die) with a binary vision of the world, the same object may end up with two opposite meanings. This tends to be the norm in wartime, but the trend toward reducing everything to a binary opposition has increased radically in recent years, even in times of peace. The instinct...

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