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Why Iran-US war of words won't turn physical
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Adnan Tabatabai
Despite their escalating rhetoric, neither Iran nor the United States has the incentive nor the ability to take the new cycle of tension to a military confrontation.

Iran: Challenging Three American “Truths”
Monday, February 13, 2017

Dana Abizaid
The “truths” the US peddles should be questioned since they are derived from the fantasy that Iran is expansionist, the US acts rationally, and the Islamic Republic is evil.

Iran has been implacable in the rejection of US's destructive role in Syria: Tim Anderson
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Professor Tim Anderson is a distinguished author and senior lecturer of political economy at the University of Sydney, Australia.  In an interview with, he answers questions about the Syrian crisis, the Astana peace talks as well as the role of Iran, Russia and Turkey in the peace process.

Eight Reasons Why Trump’s Start on the Middle East is Frightening
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Donald Trump’s Middle East policies began with two major decisions, one to ban entire Muslim populations and another to impose sanctions on Iran. Both threaten to undo the Iran nuclear deal. His new sanctions over a recent Iranian missile test targeting Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and entities, including some from Lebanon, the UAE, and China. The international impact of these sanctions is clearly meant to instill more fear into global firms from doing business with Iran.

Beware of Trump’s Double-game in the Middle East
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Salman Rafi Sheikh
While the Trump administration has been tacitly showing off its willingness to start a new, and a better, phase of relations with Russia, the policy the new administration is chalking out towards the Middle East in general, particularly Iran, is likely to trigger a fresh wave of tension that might make the task of tilling the frozen ground of US-Russia relations a lot harder even for Rex Tillerson.



Thoughts on Iran, Obama, and Trump
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mahmoud Omidsalar
The present chaos in Syria, the bombing of Yemen, and the destabilization of Libya and large regions of North Africa are all Obama’s own contribution to the raging bloodshed in these areas.

Iran and Russia: Let's Learn from History
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Elaheh Koolaee
The history of relations between Iran and the Soviet Union, and especially, the impact of the international system on these relations are thought-provoking and advantageous.

As President Trump Signals A Tough Stance On Iran, Dubai Says It Will Open The Door Wider
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Elizabeth MacBride
Kamran Elahian has seen some of this before. The Iranian-American entrepreneur and global philanthropist is watching the chaos around the new president’s tougher stance toward Iran, including new sanctions and a temporary ban on travel by Iranians to the United States.

Everyone Thinks Iran Is a Dangerous Place. Here’s Why I Can’t Wait to Go Back There
Monday, February 6, 2017

Piia Mustamäki
For most western people Iran invokes images of violence. Of religious fanaticism, of anger against westerners, of a ruthless, hard-line government ready to punish the slightest digression, of travelers arrested and thrown in jail. But then there are the reports from people who have actually traveled to Iran, from Anthony Bourdain to amateur travel bloggers, and without fail they all mention how friendly and hospitable the people were and how welcomed and safe they felt, Americans included. 

US Mulls Tearing Up Iran Deal: Outcomes and Implications
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Peter Korzun
A ballistic missile test was carried out by Iran on January 29 from a site near Semnan, east of Tehran. The medium-range ballistic missile reportedly exploded after 1,010 km. The fact was confirmed on February 1 by the country’s defense chief. Paragraph 3 of Annex B of UN Security Council’s Resolution 2231 (2015) calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.

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