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After Beirut blast, Israel revives tales of Hezbollah ammonium nitrate terror plots
Friday, August 28, 2020

Gareth Porter
Israeli intelligence is polishing off a dubious propaganda campaign to suggest Hezbollah was to blame for the recent catastrophe in Beirut. But the factual record either contradicts Israeli claims or reveals a complete dearth of evidence.

Snapback: The last gasp of Trump’s failed Iran strategy
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Ryan Costello
With Americans dealing with a pandemic and many focused on the elections, the Trump administration is putting on a diplomatic theater of the absurd at the United Nations Security Council.

It doesn’t matter who wins in November, Iran will not renegotiate the JCPOA
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Saheb Sadeghi
The upcoming US presidential elections in November will likely determine whether the Iran nuclear deal survives. If Donald Trump wins re-election, Iran is likely to quit the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and alter its nuclear doctrine to give it more leverage in any future negotiations. If Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is elected, both Iran and the United States could move towards reviving the JCPOA, but Iran will remain reluctant to expand its terms.

Don’t delay military withdrawal from the Middle East
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Gareth Porter
The Quincy Institute’s “New Paradigm for the Middle East” calling for a definitive end to the disastrous policy the United States has pursued in the region for nearly two decades offers the first coherent analysis of what is wrong with that policy and the first conceptual framework for a fundamentally different approach. The paper makes it clear, moreover, that the U.S. military presence continues to be a crucial part of the problem.

Sanctions on Iran put the health of US allies at risk
Friday, August 7, 2020

Hikmet Çetin
From its onset, COVID-19 has repeatedly sent us a clear message: “I am deadly. If you do not work together to defeat me, I will keep on killing you.” Unfortunately, humankind has so far not heeded this haunting message.

Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort to Hike Tensions with Iran
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Reese Erlich
Some analysts speculate that the Trump Administration is seeking to provoke Iran into military retaliation. This might be the final stretch for his failed policy of ‘maximum pressure.’

Why E3 keeps silent on UN arms embargo on Iran
Monday, August 3, 2020

While the dispute over the UN arms embargo on Iran looms large on the horizon, the European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal –France, Germany and the UK (E3) – continue to refuse to take a clear stance on the UN arms embargo, which put them in a dilemma that they want to avoid, an analyst tells the Tehran Times.

A pragmatic partnership: Why China and Iran try to collaborate
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Ellie Geranmayeh
Iran’s rumoured talks with China on a partnership agreement could have significant economic benefits and provide it with valuable geopolitical bargaining chips.

Trump’s epic fail: His gambit with Iran drives Tehran toward China
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Ivo Daalder
The new China-Iran partnership represents a massive failure of the administration’s Iran policy.
Had Trump decided to continue working with the Europeans on strengthening the original deal, Iran would likely have rebuffed Beijing’s advances.

An open letter to the noble people of Iran and America
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Ardeshir Zahedi
On numerous occasions, I have spoken and written about the history of relations between Iran and the United States of America. I was asked by the Iran Program at the Middle East Institute to elaborate on ties between the two countries before the Iranian Revolution of 1979 — to recall the mutual benefits that both countries enjoyed and envision how to start a new chapter of hope and reconciliation. It is indeed time to end the 41 years of futile hostilities.