Tag: US-Iran Relations

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

Who Stands Up for Iran Standing Down?

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...

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

Leaving the JCPOA May Have Been a Mistake, But So Is Reentering It

In the first Democratic primary debate, the candidates were asked to raise their hands if they would reenter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal. Of the 10 presidential candidates on stage, all raised their hands — except New Jersey Senator...

Iran’s Spy Scandal Exposes the Regime’s Insecurity

Iran’s Spy Scandal Exposes the Regime’s Insecurity

On Monday, July 22, Iranian media reported the arrest of 17 alleged CIA assets, captured around facilities associated with the country’s nuclear program. Some of these individuals, although unnamed, have already been sentenced to death. It is not clear whether this group is connected to an...

It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat

It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat

Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are an effort to signal to the rest of the world that no one is beyond Iran’s reach. There is a tendency in Western policymaking circles to view the consequences of Iran’s actions as being confined to the Middle East. Recent attacks on oil...

Iran Has Learned How to Play Trump

Iran Has Learned How to Play Trump

Iran’s attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz were a sacrifice to lure Washington into a draw. Iran’s botched operation in the Strait of Hormuz, in which the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) navy nearly got caught in the act of mining two tankers, brought the world to the brink...

For Iran, Options Are Few and Prospects Are Grim

For Iran, Options Are Few and Prospects Are Grim

After last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, Tehran will need to undertake a sober assessment of its options, which are few, and its prospects, which only get worse. Last week’s attacks on two oil tankers outside the Strait of Hormuz show that for now Tehran is choosing from a very...

Does the US Have a Long-Term Iran Strategy?

Does the US Have a Long-Term Iran Strategy?

For four decades, relations between Iran and the United States have been marked by misunderstandings, tensions and enmity. The two countries seem to find it impossible to settle their differences and engage with each other on a basis of mutual respect. Reckless decisions by the leaders of the two...

Trump Has No Intentions of Going to War with Iran

Trump Has No Intentions of Going to War with Iran

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Hooman Majd, a prominent Iranian-American journalist and author. Those who follow international news come across mentions of Iran almost constantly. Over the past two decades, the regime in Tehran has been in the headlines for its...

Is Bolton’s Talk of Regime Change in Iran Just Hot Air?

Is Bolton’s Talk of Regime Change in Iran Just Hot Air?

There is a window of opportunity for striking Iran that will close in a year, making an attack more complicated. Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving...

Why Iran Will Never Have Glasnost

Why Iran Will Never Have Glasnost

At this critical crossroads, Iran needs a glasnost, a spirit of openness and dialogue that would allow society to air its grievances and to move closer to consensus.  With bread and butter issues a priority, Iranian demands for political dynamism have been obfuscated amidst the country’s...

How Obama Won at the Diplomacy Game with Iran

How Obama Won at the Diplomacy Game with Iran

US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal might be welcome to Iran’s supreme leader and conservatives in government. Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, by Trita Parsi, is an account of how a long-running fear that Iran was intent on acquiring nuclear weapons was resolved...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington's basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since...

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