The ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy: Iran’s attitude in foreign relations

Monday, 29 January 2018

For a long time now, the ‘carrot and stick’ policy has been Iran’s principal way to deal with the demands of the Iranian population: on one hand promises of minor reforms, but on the other threats that greater reform ambitions would lead to insecurity and loss of economic stability. More recently, this policy has also been implemented in regards to the ongoing war in Syria. How does this attitude work outside of Iran and more specifically in the European Parliament and what ...

ANALYSIS: How to pursue talks with Iran while isolation haunts the regime

Monday, 29 January 2018

What we have all come to understand is the fact that protests across Iran came as a major shock for the ruling regime and the international community. While the first wave of protests may have been quelled, Iran's regime fully understands there is an intense fire burning in this powder keg society. Making matters even worse, and a subject Tehran refuses to discuss, is the parallel expansion of international isolation currently haunting this regime. The Obama years are gone and the United States, ...

To whom it may concern: Stop Iran!

Friday, 26 January 2018

“We will strengthen our old alliances and create new ones.” These were the words of US President Donald Trump on 20 January of last year at his inauguration ceremony. This main principle of Trump’s foreign policy is key to his current policy in the Middle East, as reflected in his tough stance against the rise of Iranian influence in the region along withhis pressure on European countries to review the nuclear deal, whose adverse consequences Trump never fails to adumbrate. ...

Mashari Althaydi

Iran’s nuclear problem must be re-visited

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The decision by US President Donald Trump to prolong the lifting of some sanctions against Iran for a further 120 days has reopened the four-year old “what to do about Iran” debate. While some have condemned Trump for renewing sanctions relief for the mullahs, others have castigated him for his call to re-negotiate the “nuclear deal” connoted by his predecessor Barack Obama. Conducting the “what to do about Iran” debate in a calm and constructive way isn&rsquo ...

Amir Taheri

Q&A: Iran should be put on notice for its missile proliferation in Yemen

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Last month, the deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if threatened, Tehran would increase the range of their missiles to exceed 2,000 kilometers. Iran has long said that its missile program is defensive and non-negotiable despite the United States claim that the missile test is in violation of UN Resolution 2231, which endorsed Iran’s nuclear deal and called upon Tehran to cease testing of its missiles designed for delivering nuclear weapons. The issue has ...

Obama’s handling of Hezbollah drug trafficking to be probed by US government

Saturday, 23 December 2017

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an investigation into allegations that the Obama administration undermined efforts to target Hezbollah drug trafficking. The announcement comes after Politico reported that Project Cassandra, a program targeting trafficking by Iran-backed Hezbollah that could have undermined the push for a nuclear deal with Tehran, was "derailed" by the administration of former president Barack Obama. The review will "evaluate allegations that ...

How Obama let Hezbollah’s cocaine empire thrive ‘to save Iran nuclear deal’

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A Politico investigation has revealed how the administration of former US President Barack Obama attempted to suppress a Drugs Enforcement Agency operation to expose a money-laundering scheme in which “proceeds from Latin American drug-running were being funneled to Hezbollah.” According to the examination released this week, DEA agents working on an operation codenamed “Project Cassandra” were hoping to prosecute operatives from Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese ...

ANALYSIS: Iran violates UN resolutions under shadow of nuclear deal

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Since President Trump decertified Iran nuclear deal, famously known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on 15 October and passed it to the US Congress to decide its faith, EU leaders have lobbied Senators and Congressmen to save the agreement. In reality, the JCPOA has been the result of political confusion over Iranian regime. As a consequence, the world is now witnessing a series of pressing threats in the Middle East. The reality that Iran's malign behaviors hinge on ...

Understanding Trump’s strategy on Iran

Monday, 23 October 2017

US President Donald Trump has slammed the nuclear deal which his predecessor Barack Obama sealed with Iran ever since he was a presidential candidate. Everything he said about this shameful and imperfect agreement is right. Trump thus recently announced a new strategy towards Iran and its Revolutionary Guards. Obama’s foreign policy was isolationist and this undervalued America’s international status thus allowing its rivals to expand their influence zones and alter balances of ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Dangers of refusing to link the Iran Deal to Tehran’s behavior

Sunday, 22 October 2017

“What is negotiation but the accumulation of small lies leading to advantage?” -Felix Dennis It was a nail-biting moment for many as they waited for President Donald Trump to announce his position on “certifying” the nuclear agreement between major Western powers (plus Russia and China) and Iran; officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although many leaks and announcements about Trump’s position proved to be true, it was so important that ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

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