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Trump and Bush: A Comparison
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.d
US President-elect Donald Trump has publicly vowed to "stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments." He has also pledged to work with any nation that is genuinely interested in fight against ISIS terrorism. This sounds good and raises some hope that perhaps the US under Trump will shrink from the pattern of foreign intervention and meddling in the domestic affairs of other nations, but the big question is if this is a realistic hope or rather hope against hope?

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The New Silk Road Will Make Iran Immune to Western Sanctions
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dmitry Bokarev
In January 2016 we’ve witnessed a partial withdrawal of sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. It should be noted that the introduction of those was linked to Iran’s nuclear program, which worried the United States and its allies, therefore Western countries were behind the introduction of sanctions that were aimed at applying pressure on Iran back in 1970s.

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EU-Iran Relations in Trump Era
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relations with the major European states has been fragile and subject to the whims of sanctions regimes. The Iran nuclear deal was a watershed; removing sanctions and opening the door to broader economic cooperation and more sustainable, comprehensive ties. With Donald Trump in the White House, however, the issue is whether a durable, far-reaching Iran-EU relationship can emerge.

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After a year of boldness, Saudi Arabia is in retreat
Sunday, December 11, 2016

The kingdom has experienced diplomatic reverses on all fronts

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James Mattis’ 33-Year Grudge Against Iran
Monday, December 5, 2016

Mark Perry
Many in the Pentagon worry that Trump’s pick for defense secretary is looking for a fight in the Middle East...

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Correcting Scholarly Errors on Iran's Regional 'Ambitions'
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.D.
Over the years a number of expatriate Iranian scholars have done a major disservice to Iran by misinterpreting Iran's foreign policy as one driven to establish a "Shiite Crescent" and or "regional supremacy." Neither assumption is correct and each in its own way has indirectly contributed to the phenomenon of Iranophobia in the region, by lending intellectual legitimacy to it.

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How Trump can deal with Iran-GCC conflict
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
While many aspects of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy beliefs were murky on the campaign trail, one overarching theme stood out: that the United States has done far too much to underwrite free-riding allies the world over. “Our allies must contribute toward the financial, political and human costs of our tremendous security burden,” Trump declared in April. 

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The Iran-Contra Affair 30 Years Later: A Milestone in Post-Truth Politics
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

​Edited by Malcolm Byrne
Exactly thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan announced to the nation – after weeks of denials – that members of his White House staff had engaged in a web of covert intrigue linking illicit U.S. support for a guerrilla war in Central America with an illegal and politically explosive arms-for-hostages bargain with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The revelation quickly led to a new phrase – “Iran-Contra” – which became synonymous with political hubris, government incompetence, and dishonesty in the public sphere.

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From Nixon to Trump, Why Have Iranian Politicians Favored a Republican US President?
Monday, November 28, 2016

Sergei Barseghian
Tehran and Washington may have sealed a nuclear agreement under a Democrat president, but many in Tehran view Republicans as a choice of lesser evil.

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The Iran-Russia-China Strategic Triangle
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

F. William Engdahl
The developing economic, political and military links binding Iran, China and Russia in what I see as an emerging Golden Triangle in Eurasia, are continuing to deepen insignificant areas.

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