Iran Insight

  • Iranians Respond to Earthquake but Government Falls Short


    Damaged apartment block of Mehr housing project in Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran 

    The evening of November 12th, 2017 was tragic for the people of the Western province of Kermanshah, which has a Kurdish population famous for its warm hospitality. A powerful earthquake of 7.3 magnitude shook the province, destroying thousands of homes, killing at least 500 people and injuring nearly 10,000 more. The Iranian government...

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  • Trump Administration Misses Opportunities to Show Concern for Iranian People

    While opposing many policies of the Iranian government, Trump administration officials have frequently claimed to care for the Iranian people.

    But such sentiments are belied by the feeble US official response to a massive earthquake that has killed more than 500 Iranians in a remote area on the Iran-Iraq border.

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  • Trump, Sanctions Hamper Iran’s Renewable Energy Quest

    Wind turbines are seen in Manjil in Iran’s Gilan province in this 2013 photo. (Reuters/Michelle Moghtader)

    Doubts cast by US President Donald J. Trump about the future of the nuclear deal with Iran, US sanctions that have restricted access to foreign financing, and a tight budget have hampered the Islamic Republic’s ability to secure significant investments in renewable energy.

    International banks have been reluctant to finance new energy projects in Iran...

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  • Saudi Arabia and Iran May Be Headed Toward War

    Saudi Arabia and Iran could be headed toward a major war.

    Recent power struggles in Riyadh, the shooting down of a Yemeni missile over the Saudi capital, and rising Saudi alarm over Iran’s strengthening position in the Middle East have created a potentially deadly brew of instability.

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  • Trump Should Open Direct Channel to Iran to Free US Hostages

    Relatives of an imprisoned Iranian-American father and son are urging the Trump administration to open a direct channel to the Iranian government to discuss trading the detainees for Iranians imprisoned for sanctions violations.

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  • Former Head of Israel Atomic Energy Agency Urges US to Stay in the Iran Deal

    As Congress debates what if anything to do about the Iran nuclear deal, a growing number of experts – including the former head of Israel’s atomic energy agency -- is urging legislators to make sure that the United States continues to comply with the accord.

    “The bottom line is the agreement is good for Israel,” Uzi Eilam told a small group in Washington on Tuesday assembled by the liberal Jewish group, J-Street.

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  • Building on the JCPOA with a WMD Free Zone in the Middle East

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is arguably the most comprehensive and verifiable non-proliferation agreement since the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It not only ensures against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but also recognizes the right to a peaceful nuclear program.

    As more countries, including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) develop nuclear infrastructures to meet growing energy demands, it is essential to build on the JCPOA and further enhance the NPT by pursuing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Free Zones with the objective of inhibiting proliferation, as well as ensuring the peaceful nature of new nuclear programs.

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  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Fire Back at Trump

    The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the most powerful security and military organization in Iran, recently presented its analysis of Trump’s new strategy toward Iran as laid out in his October 13 speech de-certifying the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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  • Iran Policy after Trump Decertification of the Nuclear Deal

    As President, Donald Trump has always had the power to blow up the Iran nuclear deal for any reason or no reason at all.

    On Friday, he sought to foist that responsibility on the US Congress but the decision ultimately remains with him.

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  • US Credibility as a Negotiator Rests on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    This September was an important month for President Donald Trump. It was the first time he stood in front of the UN General Assembly and talked directly to such a large gathering of world leaders and senior foreign officials. He started by bragging about the big changes he has brought to the US but moved swiftly – and aggressively -- outside US borders.

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