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Saudi Arabia's Syria Strategy: Rewriting the Middle East's Political Map

James Dorsey | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has raised the ante in its battle with Iran by publicly committing to send ground troops to Syria. This latest move b...

A litmus test for Iran on the world stage: sports and air transport

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major node in an increasingly globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.

Iran and Britain: Bracing for a New Era of Redefined Relations

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

With prudence and a serious commitment to settle one of the most tedious diplomatic disputes of the post-Cold War era through negotiation and logic, Iran demonstrated that it's not a pariah state and deserves respect.

China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
James Dorsey

President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billions of dollars' worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years.

Will President Rouhani meet genuine human rights advocates halfway?

Massoud Khodabandeh | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Massoud Khodabandeh

President Rouhani's visit to Europe this week is a reminder of how much has changed since last July. But Iran's eventual rehabilitation into the international community is by no means a done deal.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

A Blame Game: The Worst Thing Iran and Saudi Arabia Can Instigate

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

To exchange accusations and call each other the root cause of the chaos that plagues the Middle East is to deflect responsibility for the despair that is inundating the crisis-stricken region.

Soccer highlights domestic drivers in Saudi-Iranian dispute

James Dorsey | Posted 01.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and Iran, highlighting the domestic drivers of mounting tension that threatens to deepen and complicate sectarian and...

Muslims, Homosexuals, Christians and Terrorists

Adam Zaka | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Adam Zaka

When we force our views upon the world, we suffocate and disregard the life-force of those who co-exist around us. None of us will get anywhere until we learn to see each other eye-to-eye, and treat each other with the love and kindness we ourselves deserve.

Soccer: Iranian Moderates and Hardliners Lock Horns on the Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 12.29.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suffered in the run-up to crucial elections in early 2016 what amounted to at least a symbolic defeat when state-run television banned Iran's most popular soccer program from running an interview with his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on soccer and politics.

How to Stand up for Your Muslim Friends

Manal Omar | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Manal Omar

I am scared here at home. I have been on the receiving end of hateful glares, shoving on the sidewalks, and hateful phrases yelled at me. The fear I face here at home has made me decide not to ride the metro since the Paris attacks. I find myself using my hostile environment training for Baghdad and Benghazi here at home.

Update on Ali Moezi, a Political Prisoner Facing Imminent Threat

Sara Hassani | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Sara Hassani

Ali Moezi is an ailing a political prisoner. He suffers from cancer, kidney disease and several other afflictions. Arrested while undergoing cancer treatment, he has since been denied access to medical care by the Iranian judiciary.

Death by Self-Defense, Remembering Reyhaneh Jabbari

Sara Hassani | Posted 11.04.2015 | Women
Sara Hassani

In a world where women already shoulder a disproportionate burden of proof, most egregiously as it relates to sexual assault and rape, Iranian women are forced to reckon with an almost impossible circumstance.

Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda Unite in Yemen

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In viewing Yemen as an important battleground in the grander struggle against Iran's expanding regional influence, Saudi Arabia has united with a variety of Yemeni Sunni factions in an effort to crush the Houthi insurgency.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Iran Exposes the Myth of GCC Unity

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

If GCC officials slowly pivot toward the perception that their long-term interests reside in an improved relationship toward Iran, such a strategic shift would be seen in Riyadh as an erosion of GCC unity against an emboldened Iran.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

Why David Brooks Is Dead Wrong on the Iran Deal

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

If you follow his argument, however, it's actually breathtakingly naive. And if you look at his sources, the column is downright embarrassing.

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Discontent is bubbling over among the majority Shiite population in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, home to the kingdom's major oil fields and petrochemical industry. Disgruntlement is no less in the Iranian province of Khuzestan where up to 90 percent of Iran's oil reserves are located.

Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

Our community has been divided for decades. We continue to be divided on many issues. But on this issue, we all agree. It's a matter of war and peace, and peace is the obvious choice. It's a no brainer. The nuclear deal is on the right side of history.

The 'Other' Options With Iran's Nuclear Program

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Opponents to the Iran deal often say that they could have gotten a better deal. These critics are largely found in the U.S. and in Israel. Critics are right for scrutinizing any deal. They would not be doing their job if they were giving it an automatic pass. However, being critical because a better alternative is desired is not realistic.

How Khamenei and Obama Must Woo the Opposition to the Nuclear Agreement

Akbar Ganji | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

Now that the agreement has been signed, both Khamenei and President Obama must sell it to those in their nations who oppose it. The task is difficult and, therefore, a comparison between the efforts of the two leaders can be very illuminating.

Dispatch From Iran

OpedSpace | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

For every impassioned citizen brandishing a burning American flag, there are five more Iranians with encouraging smiles, soliciting our nationality. Before we can respond "Swiss!" or "Australian!", our irreverent guide, Abdullah, has already unmasked us.

Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.