A Survey: How to Protect the Legacy of Iran Deal One Year after Its Birth
Thursday, August 4, 2016
On the first anniversary of the signing of the nuclear deal, Iran Review contacted a number of noted public policy scholars and former diplomats, asking them to propose three hypothetical actions they believe Iran and the other sides of the agreement need to take to realize the expectations the JCPOA was meant to fulfill and preclude its failure.
Algeria, an Independent Ally for Iran in North Africa
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Relations between Iran and Algeria stand out among other North African countries. Of course, apart from Algeria, we have good relations with other countries in North Africa, but proximity between the two countries’ political views on many issues has helped us to start good cooperation with Algeria. The two countries share a common view on the issue of Palestine and when it comes to Syria, Yemen and other developments in the Middle East, their viewpoints either totally conformant or are very close.
JCPOA Shows the Power of Persistent Multilateral Diplomacy
Friday, July 29, 2016
Iran signed the CTBT on the first day it opened (24 September 1996) and has shown support for the Treaty. Iran also actively participates in the Member States discussions in Vienna. In this context, the JCPOA was a big step in the right direction, as it showed the power of persistent multilateral diplomacy and also brought Iran closer to its partners in the region and globally. Ratification of the CTBT would be a powerful and definitive response to skeptics who worry about Iran’s nuclear ambitions after the deal expires.
US Administration Failed to Enable Iran to Access Its Oil Revenues
Monday, July 25, 2016
More blameworthy is the administration's failure to enable Iran to access previously frozen oil revenues. Easy solutions to this problem have been on hand. The administration has lacked the political will to implement one of them. Perhaps it will find the will after November's US elections. The Joint Commission can be used to discuss and find solutions to implementation issues. These banking issues seem to me ripe for submission to the Joint Commission. Only good can come of that.
Undermining JCPOA Not in Best Interest of Any Party
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The JCPOA will survive any political storm as long as it is in every party's best interest to pursue its full implementation. The future is unpredictable but as of today I can't see which state-party could reasonably have a real interest in scuttling the deal during the coming 9 years, even if opposition groups will likely try to undermine its implementation.
ISIS, An Important Wake-up Call about Arab World's Problems and Deficiencies
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Mr. Khouri believes the rise of ISIS is a wake-up call about the growth of a set of alarming problems and deficiencies across the Arab world including environmental, historical, political and social issues: “Almost every dimension of life in many, many Arab countries has real problems and the result is what we see today: migration, illegal refugees, terrorism, Islamic State, etc., and some countries have been in active warfare for four, five years non-stop. So, there’s a real problem in the Arab world and we see it everywhere.”
Peter Jenkins: This American Rose Is Sick
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The former Britain’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says perhaps time has come for Iran to lodge a complaint about the U.S. non-cooperation to the dispute settlement committee which the JCPOA has stipulated for cases when a party to the deal feels one or more other parties are not delivering on their commitments.
US Changing Political Stance on Iran
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Mohammad Farhad Koleini
Iran is an island of stability and the United States’ forced retreat through such superficial behaviors will not have good consequences. The necessity to redefine the region should be pursued through good focus and suitable understanding of Iran. The “power and security inertia” is very high in this region. If a serious and dominant view manages to rectify behaviors both in public spaces and in the field of economy, then production of new capacities can be taken into consideration. Today, many economists and geopolitical experts are talking about the necessity of offering an economic model for the geopolitical conditions of the region and we know that they know that this model cannot be formulated in the absence of Iran.
Key Reasons for Spread of Extremism in Middle East
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I think that the actions of the West over the last 15 years have not been helpful and I think the key reason for the spread of these extremist groups in the Middle East more generally is the failure of governments to rule well; the failure of local governments to rule well and to rule wisely. And very often, these governments have corrupt totalitarian systems without any legitimate interaction between populations and the government. So, the West has a role to play in blame, but I see it as largely coming from domestic factors which have encouraged state failure.