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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

After Aramco attacks, China’s Middle East interests are at stake

The attack on Saudi Arabia could be another factor that leads to a more robust approach to China protecting its Middle East interests.

IranSource by Jonathan Fulton

China Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy is widening the battlefield

The attack on the Aramco facility illustrated the latest salvo in a dangerous new normal that has come about in the Middle East: a constant widening and deepening of the conflict between an Iranian-led axis and the United States and its allies.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

From overtures for US talks to threats of war with Iran

Rejected again and embarrassed by the escalation in the Persian Gulf his policies have incentivized, Trump is likely to make similar belligerent comments this year and US-Iran relations will only worsen.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Fighting corruption or just more political infighting in Iran?

A new crackdown on corruption in the Islamic Republic is roiling the country’s political elite and could have implications for the succession to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran

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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

After Aramco attacks, China’s Middle East interests are at stake

The attack on Saudi Arabia could be another factor that leads to a more robust approach to China protecting its Middle East interests.

IranSource by Jonathan Fulton

China Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy is widening the battlefield

The attack on the Aramco facility illustrated the latest salvo in a dangerous new normal that has come about in the Middle East: a constant widening and deepening of the conflict between an Iranian-led axis and the United States and its allies.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

From overtures for US talks to threats of war with Iran

Rejected again and embarrassed by the escalation in the Persian Gulf his policies have incentivized, Trump is likely to make similar belligerent comments this year and US-Iran relations will only worsen.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Fighting corruption or just more political infighting in Iran?

A new crackdown on corruption in the Islamic Republic is roiling the country’s political elite and could have implications for the succession to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

Iran counters ‘Maximum Pressure’ by reaching out to the Kurds

Sensing the immense geopolitical challenges Iran is facing, these Kurdish groups—which seek autonomy through armed struggle—might be testing the waters amid mounting regional pressure on Tehran.

IranSource by Tamer Badawi

Crisis Management Iran

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Iran issues rare criticism of India over Kashmir

In the past, Tehran has been careful to avoid antagonizing the government in New Delhi and has sought instead to bolster Iran-India ties and to balance Iran’s relations with India and Pakistan.

IranSource by Fatemeh Aman

India Iran

Tue, Aug 27, 2019

It’s time to admit that we don’t understand Iran’s economy

The United States is pursuing an “economic war” on the basis of a very crude understanding of Iran’s economy. Should the goal of its sanctions policy be havoc, such an understanding will suffice.

IranSource by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

The Trump administration’s Iran policy shows meager results

Though there are differences between factions about how to confront the United States, the heavy US pressure on Tehran in recent months has led to a rally-around-the-flag effect as Iranians push back against what many view as a Western imperialism.

IranSource by Holly Dagres

Economic Sanctions Iran

Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Why an Iran-backed paramilitary group has rebuilt a shrine in a ruined Iraqi city

Construction of religious sites has a long history in both Iraq and Iran. The Imam Ali Brigades’ religious narrative justifies its presence in Sinjar, but their contribution to the patchwork of paramilitaries in a disputed area is a cause for concern.

IranSource by Lizzie Porter

Civil Society Conflict

Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Is Iran’s president getting ready to step down?

Although a Rouhani resignation under the immense pressure caused by economic woes and the hardliners’ constant attacks on him remains a possibility, it is unlikely.

IranSource by Shahir Shahidsaless

Iran Political Reform