Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Nile Basin’s GERD dispute creates risks for Egypt, Sudan, and beyond

Competition for the Nile Basin’s freshwater has been growing markedly for three decades. In 2011, it intensified after Ethiopia started building the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

MENASource by Amal Kandeel

Ethiopia North Africa

Fri, Jul 10, 2020

A series of unusual events in Iran point to sabotage. How will Tehran respond?

A spate of explosions has struck highly secure and sensitive sites, as well as regular industrial locales, including factories and gas pipelines, and even a clinic in a fancy part of north Tehran.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Iran Middle East

Wed, Jul 8, 2020

How Jordan responded to Israel’s annexation plans

King Abdullah II of Jordan has repeatedly warned that Israel’s and the Trump administration’s actions are fueling potential instability.

MENASource by Seth J. Frantzman

Israel Middle East

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

An Iranian gamer’s battle against sanctions and sexism

According to a 2017 study from Iran Computer and Video Games Foundation, there are twenty-eight million Iranian gamers.

IranSource by Sheida Hooshmandi

Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 2, 2020

How to fix the “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran

The Trump administration’s strategy suffers from internal tensions and inherent contradictions that have undermined its effectiveness from the beginning.

IranSource by Colonel Udi Evental

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Just how happy are Iranians with their lives?

Iran ranks 118 out of 153 countries on the UN’s 2020 World Happiness Index (WHI), slightly above the lowest quintile—the least happy.

IranSource by Nadereh Chamlou

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

The United States needs an Iran strategy, not a ‘campaign’

The United States’ policy towards Iran has reached an impasse. The Trump administration will have gone a full term without a meaningful strategy towards this historic rival.

Blog Post by Alma Keshavarz

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Iranian officials’ hypocritical support of #BlackLivesMatter

Over the past few weeks, Iranian officials have not shied away from condemning the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25.

Blog Post by Rebecca Stryer

Iran Middle East

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

IAEA mildly reprimands Iran over suspect nuclear sites

The board on June 19 issued a mild rebuke, echoing IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi’s expression of “serious concern” that Iran has not provided access to two locations where unreported nuclear activity allegedly took place nearly two decades ago.

Blog Post by Mark Fitzpatrick

Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Iran’s ‘butterfly children’ impacted by sanctions and corruption

Described by US dermatologists as “the most painful disease you’ve never heard of,” EB is caused by a genetic mutation. In Iran, an estimated 800 to 1,200 patients live with the disease.

Blog Post by Shenaz Kermalli

Politics & Diplomacy