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Why Biden must ignore Sen. Coons’ ‘caveats’ and stay on course to return to the Iran deal
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Assal Rad
Americans may have voted, but the world has repudiated the Trump presidency for its inhumanity, antagonism, and disdain for cooperation, all of which were illustrated in his failed Iran policy.

Iran nuclear deal: Trump is leaving a poisoned legacy for Biden
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Marco Carnelos
The coming weeks could see increased tensions fuelled by US sanctions, and the possibility of strikes against Iranian assets.

The view from Tehran on Biden’s pledge to return to the nuclear deal
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Sina Toossi
Joe Biden’s election is set to have major ramifications for the Middle East. President Trump’s policies centered on reneging on the 2015 nuclear deal, piling on sanctions on Iran, and providing unconditional support to U.S. partners like Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Optimistic Case for Biden and Iran
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
The past four years have been brutal for ordinary Iranians. The Trump administration waged an economic war on Iran that exacerbated the political and social tensions endemic to the country.

Trump’s quiet war against civilians in Iran continues amid the pandemic
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Niloofar Adnani
With people in Iran already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and crippling U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration earlier this month unveiled yet another set of sanctions that could restrict Iranians’ access to food and medicine even further.

The undeniable cruelty of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tyler Cullis
The Trump administration calls its policy towards Iran one of “maximum pressure.” By its latest move, it would more properly be called “siege and starve,” as the feigned interest in establishing leverage for comprehensive negotiations with Iran has been replaced by a full-throttle push to pulverize Iran’s economy and collapse its social and economic life.

US Weighing Sanctions to Cripple Iran Humanitarian Trade
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
The Trump administration is reportedly considering a new set of sanctions designations targeting 14 Iranian banks that are not currently subject to secondary sanctions. “Maximum pressure” sanctions are increasingly seen by US allies, and not least the Iranian public, as so poorly targeted as to intentionally harm the health and wellbeing of ordinary Iranians.

If Trump wins, he needs a new approach to Iran
Monday, October 5, 2020

Barbara Slavin
US policy toward Iran in the days running up to the November election has been a counterproductive, contradictory, and embarrassing mix of economic sanctions, botched diplomacy, and harsh rhetoric combined with announced plans to withdraw thousands of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan—something Iran has long promoted.


Trump’s Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Vali Nasr
Washington’s reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Iran: The double jeopardy of sanctions and COVID-19
Friday, September 25, 2020

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
U.S. sanctions have hobbled Iran’s response to the pandemic. The situation could change significantly if the Democrats win the White House in November and decide to return the U.S. to the JCPOA.