Tag: Iranian Sanctions

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

The illusion that AIPAC is invincible has been shattered. The defeat of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's...

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

Negotiating with Iran provides legitimacy to its Lebanese proxy: Hezbollah. Hezbollah can destroy any target within Israel, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently said, while US officials say Syrian forces have transferred advanced guided...

Iran: From Hyperinflation to Stability?

Iran: From Hyperinflation to Stability?

Economic progress in Iran is tentative and likely quite fragile. With the announcement on Saturday night that Iran and the P5+1 group reached a tentative deal over the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranian rial appreciated 3.45% against the dollar on the black market. The rial jumped from 30,000...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

The Iran deal could rewrite the political map of the Middle East. If all goes well, the preliminary agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia – plus Germany, would ensure the peaceful nature...

Iran-P5+1 Interim Accord: An Assessment

Iran-P5+1 Interim Accord: An Assessment

The most problematic element of the nuclear deal is the lifting of sanctions. The understandings reached by the foreign ministers of Iran, the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany, as well as the High Representative of the European Union, in the early hours of November 24, are a fine...

US-Iran Relations: Can Pragmatism and Dialogue Triumph? (Part 2/2)

US-Iran Relations: Can Pragmatism and Dialogue Triumph? (Part 2/2)

Despite antagonistic identity politics, US-Iran relations have a history of pragmatic dialogue. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. What is there to say about rapprochement being unable to reemerge in light of changing geopolitical paradigms and actors? Violence was...

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

Hope for a real improvement in US-Iranian relations is not far-fetched.  Observers of the relationship between the US and Iran recently lived through one of those rare weeks when the colored glass in the kaleidoscope shifts and the outlook changes. It was a momentous week, possibly a...

Iran: Easing Tech Sanctions Opens Doors to Trade

Iran: Easing Tech Sanctions Opens Doors to Trade

The easing of tech sanctions offers the opportunity to reintroduce Iran as a potential market of entrepreneurs. The US Treasury Department recently issued "General License D," allowing the export of personal communications hardware and fee-based software to Iran. US mobile phones,...

Nefarious Fallouts of Sanctions on Iran

Nefarious Fallouts of Sanctions on Iran

Rouhani's election presents an opportunity to dissolve the dense web of sanctions against Iran. Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has promised to ease tensions surrounding the international relations of his country. In line with the will of the majority of Iranians, the issue of...

Rouhani’s Surprising Election

Rouhani’s Surprising Election

Rouhani’s surprising victory in the presidential election represents a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. Hassan Rouhani’s surprising first round victory in the presidential elections represents  a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. In a field...

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