Iran’s Narratives of Independence and Nuclear Development

November 21, 2014

Nuclear development is an important path through which the Islamic Republic negotiates its position within the modern state system. Later this month, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States plus Germany) and Iran are due to announce whether or not they have reached...

No Change After Iran’s Presidential Elections

May 11, 2013

Despite the importance attached to the upcoming presidential elections, when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, there will be no change at the negotiating table. On April 18, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked senators pressing for tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program to be...

Inhumanity and Illegality of Sanctions Justify Iran’s Response

May 07, 2013

Sanctions against Iran have negatively impacted the lives of the Iranian people, and they continue to do so despite lacking a legal foundation. If we recognize the inhumanity and illegality of sanctions, we can better understand the Iranian government’s response to them. During the past...

North Korea: A History of Belligerence

May 01, 2013

North Korea’s recent rhetoric is neither new nor surprising. While nuclear weapons in the hands of a volatile and irrational leader are cause for concern, it is unlikely that Pyongyang is on a suicide mission.  The ongoing tensions between North Korea, South Korea and the United...

On the Failure of the Iranian Sanctions

April 27, 2013

Iranians have become adept at circumventing economic sanctions which, even if perfectly implemented, would be unlikely to stop Iran’s nuclear aspirations. Diplomacy is the only viable solution. In light of Senator Chuck Hagel’s appointment as US Secretary of Defense, the issue of Iran...