Iran: Were Expectations of Sanctions Relief Too High?
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The July 2015 Vienna Agreement and its implementation in January 2016 raised hopes in Iran that there would be an immediate influx of foreign investment which, along with higher oil revenues following the lifting of the EU embargo on oil imports, would soon enable it to emerge from economic crisis.
Saudi-Iranian Mismatch in Threat Perceptions
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai
It’s often assumed that Saudi Arabia is as big a concern to Iran as Tehran is to Riyadh. Recent statements by Iranian officials seem to confirm this, as do recent Iranian efforts to derail Saudi influence in the region. But while Iran is indeed Saudi Arabia’s most important foreign policy concern, Saudi Arabia isn’t even in Iran’s top concerns. This mismatch in threat perceptions further destabilizes the region.
Pressing Princes: After JASTA, Iran Should Show the Hazards of Riyadh’s Policies
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Nosratollah Tajik, Iran’s former ambassador to Jordan
There has been frequent warning about the hazardous mix of Saudi Arabia’s hundreds of billions of dollars in reserve and its destructive ideology and political agenda. It is true that managing this staggering amount of money, of which nearly 800 billion dollars are invested and kept in the United States, is not only a matter of finance, but also security...
Can Zarif, Kerry win Nobel Peace Prize?
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Hamid Reza Gholamzadeh
With the date of announcement of names nominated for Nobel Prize on October 6 approaching, different media outlets are speculating what names would appear on the list of peace prize.
Time to Expand German-Iran Ties
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
(Time to close the gap? Gabriel speaking to Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh during his July visit to Iran.)
Heading a large trade delegation, Germany's Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Tehran on Sunday, October 2, for a two day visit hoping to give a timely uplift to the post-sanctions German-Iran relations. But, a German newspaper, Die Welt, has called it a “mission impossible” in light of the existing US sanctions that deter the German banks and other corporations from engaging with Iran.
EU–Iran Relations after Brexit
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
The decision by British voters to leave the European Union coincides with improving relations between Europe and Iran. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relationship with Europe’s major powers has been characterized by periods of economic cooperation followed by near-complete disengagement. The nuclear deal struck between Iran and world powers in July 2015 – which the EU played a major role in negotiating – removed the economic sanctions that since 2006 have stood in the way of deeper ties. A new chapter in Iranian–European relations has already begun. But the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the EU further paves the way for a new paradigm in Europe’s relationship with Iran: strategic EU–Iran engagement that is separate from, but parallel to, high-level UK–Iran talks.