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Getting Rid of "Primary" Iran Sanctions
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Clearly, the ball is in the US's lap and much depends on the political will and determination of the US officials to address Iran's legitimate complaints and devise new, and transparent, guidelines for the banking transactions with Iran, so that there would be business confidence restored to a healthy level. The past patient of sanctions-hit Iranian economy is still in many ways in the emergency ward due to the primary sanctions, negatively affecting the removal of secondary sanctions, and the promise of a post- sanctions era has yet to be fulfilled.

India-Iran Relations Need to De-hyphenate from Riyadh and Islamabad
Monday, April 18, 2016

Tridivesh Singh Maini & Manish Vaid
The removal of sanctions on Iran has opened new vistas for many foreign investors and the recent back to back visits of Iran by India’s Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan on April 9-10 and External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on April 16-17, has sent a clear message, that it would like to strengthen economic ties with Tehran and make the most of the changing geo-political situation. 

Issue of Pakistan-Iran Cross Border Terrorism, and its Future Remedies
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sarah Sajid
Significance of Iran for Pakistan is an inevitable fact firstly, due to her provision of a routeway to Middle East, secondly, relaxation of sanction, imposed by USA, as an outcome of Iran’s nuclear program has come up with a ray of hope for the continuation of Iran-Pakistan Pipeline project and a lifeline for economic development, earlier which was facing impediments on its way to progress. 

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Launches Do Not Violate UN Security Council Resolutions
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Dan Joyner
Following JCPOA Implementation Day, Iran’s ballistic missile tests cannot accurately be said to violate UN Security Council resolutions.  The most that could be said about them is that they are not in harmony with the UN Security Council’s legally nonbinding exhortation in Resolution 2231.  This is not just semantic. The termination of Resolution 1929 on Implementation Day, and its supplantation with Resolution 2231, had many meaningful legal effects. This is one of them.

Americans Must Challenge Congress on its Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Expansionism
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thomas Buonomo
Americans must demonstrate their exceptionalism by impressing upon Israel, the Palestinians, and regional powers the wisdom of maintaining a separation between religion and state, particularly in the arena of foreign relations. If we do not, the moral black hole that Syria has become may pull us all into a regional conflict that will make us wish we had done more for the cause of peace while we had the chance.

Iran: The 'Land of Possibilities’
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Andrew Speers
The next few years are likely to be a great period for Western oil and gas companies to invest in Iran, bringing to bear the technology, as well as the technical and management expertise they have honed through operating around the world. That will mean searching out and placing the best talent from other markets.

Putin’s Completely Fulfilled Task in Syria
Friday, March 25, 2016

Fadi Elhusseini
Since Russia has been declared officially in the Middle East, and following the extended presence of its military in all forms in Syria, speculations splashed media platforms across the globe. Observers saw in Russia’s decision to enter Syria a long-term strategy, albeit the abrupt announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw most of the Russian forces from Syria put friends and foes alike in bewilderment.

Syrian Conflict: The Iranian Perspective
Monday, March 21, 2016

Mahmoud Omidsalar
Defending the country against ISIL is a life and death issue for Iranians because of this terrorist group’s exceptional brutality. Unlike moderate Sunnis who are tolerant of other faiths, ISIL extremists consider Shiites as heretics who must be killed. So far, whenever ISIL has defeated an enemy, it has massacred men and enslaved women and children. 

Managing Iran's Relations with Russia
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
In evaluating the pros and cons of Putin's sudden decision, time is a big factor and it may well turn out that it has been hasty and premature, indirectly aiding the cause of Bashar al-Assad's ardent opponents, at least on the politico-psychological level. Nonetheless, what is clear is that managing the Iran-Russia relations in the new milieu is a complicated task that requires sensitivity to each side's concerns and potential complaints, in order to avoid any unnecessary setbacks in the hitherto robust strategic closeness of the two countries. 

The Geopolitics of JCPOA
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Kayhan Barzegar
Iran’s foreign policy should benefit from the new geopolitical potential created in the post-JCPOA era and balanced relations with world powers for removing the regional tensions.

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