The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Looking at “Sanctions”

December 05, 2017

Achieving economic sanctity through economic sanctions. According to The Guardian, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, insisted that China should impose “more stringent economic sanctions against North Korea” because it has “tremendous coercive economic power” over...

Are the Russians and Iranians Friends?

January 30, 2015

Despite improvements in bilateral relations, friendship between Moscow and Tehran has so far been limited. After the fourth summit of the Caspian states, held on September 29, 2014, Russian analysts are unanimous in their opinion that relations between Moscow and Tehran are experiencing a...

Have Sanctions Against Russia Failed?

November 19, 2014

Any sanctions that target the world’s 8th largest economy will complicate the global economic landscape as a whole. “A new Cold War” is upon us, beckoned former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev earlier in November as he was standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a symposium...

Iran-West Rapprochement: The Interim Agreement and Beyond

June 24, 2014

A final agreement between Iran and the West will benefit both sides politically and economically. In November 2013, Iran and the West signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. It was the first successful negotiation between both parties after 35 years of fruitless diplomatic...

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

February 06, 2014

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...

The Potential for Nuclear Proliferation in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2014

Riyadh's lack of confidence in the Joint Plan of Action raises questions over its traditional stance of non-proliferation. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been a champion for the establishment of a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East, owing to a combination of its isolation from...

The Geneva Agreement: A Result of the Sanctions Policy?

December 04, 2013

Iran’s new foreign policy is primarily not a result of pressure through sanctions. After intense negotiations between Iran and world powers (chiefly among them the United States), November 24 saw a historic breakthrough. In a six-month interim agreement, Tehran has committed itself to a...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

December 04, 2013

Iran’s goal in the nuclear negotiations is not just an easing of sanctions. Iran’s catastrophic economic situation is seen by many observers as the Rouhani government’s central motive to end the nuclear standoff – and the sanctions against Iran – as quickly as...

Iranians’ Vote Can Open Closed Channels

June 17, 2013

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, could bring change to US-Iranian relations. After seven years' absence from the panel, in May, the United States won back a seat representing the Western group on the United Nations committee on program and coordination. When the committee reorganized...

Unilateral Economic Sanctions Against Iran: Unexpected Implications (Part 2/2)

May 21, 2013

The international sanctions against Iran have been effective. However, they also made the Iranian elite more practical and cynical by teaching it how to survive under external economic pressure. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one. In spite of existing sanctions, Iran keeps on...

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