Russia fears an escalation between Iran and Israel and wants to avoid it at any cost. On January 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Israel to attend the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp by Soviet forces. This was only his third official trip to the …Read More »
In the dusty suburbs of the Kyrghyz capital, Bishkek, hordes of shoppers are swarming over the wholesale market of Dordoy. To the outsider, this – the largest such market in Central Asia – may look like a chaotic maze of containers and shanties. Narrow alleys are hectic and bustling; access …Read More »
Dissatisfaction with reformists and mass disqualification of candidates could reduce voter turnout in February 21 vote. Iranians protest to show their sympathy to victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 in front of the Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, January 11, 2020 [Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA] On February 21, Iranians will …Read More »
Trump Has an Iran Strategy ; This Is It A campaign of maximum pressure could bring Tehran to the table.
President Trump’s strategy to confront Iran is easy to understand: impose maximum pressure to gain maximum leverage ahead of negotiations to dismantle its nuclear program and address its malign activities — all while avoiding a military entanglement or pursuing a policy of regime change. Iran’s leaders, for their part, …Read More »
Europe says it wants to save the Iran nuclear deal but has set a mechanism in motion that could destroy it – or worse. When President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw the United States from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, and use sanctions to economically squeeze …Read More »
Aggressive ‘non-cooperation’ can be effective but only if used carefully The US president Donald Trump’s authorisation of the targeted killing of the Iranian al-Quds force commander, Qassem Suleimani, is, in many ways, similar to his administration’s approach to trade. In both cases, the administration has demonstrated a willingness to surprise …Read More »