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Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Where Does the United States Really Stand?

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Conroy

The time for smoke and mirrors is coming to a close, globally, and it is obvious that Iran is being turned into a scapegoat boogeyman by the Saudis and their allies (including United States Republicans). Human rights violations from Saudi Arabia must be kept in check.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Success of Diplomacy and Opening of a New Era

Milad Jokar | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Milad Jokar

Those who ideologically opposed the negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue have been proven wrong. Diplomacy works and the results are a clear su...

An Unshackled Iran Can Only Be Countered By a Firm Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

With the nuclear deal sealed and sanctions lifted, an unshackled Iran is now a reality. The region -- and the world at large -- now holds its breath in anticipation of what kind of global player the Islamic Republic wants to be.

Historic Weekend in Tehran: Iran (Almost) Without Sanctions

Georges Ugeux | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

Under such circumstances, it is not surprising that very intelligent local people might be skeptical about the future of the country: they had learned to survive on their own resources. But it was a hopeful trip.

Iranian Protesters Attack Saudi Embassy After Prominent Shiite Cleric Executed

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

DUBAI/RIYADH, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shi'ite Muslim Iran reacted with fu...

Italian Analyst: Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation With Post-Sanctions Iran

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran signed earlier t...

Washington Post Reporter Suffers 500th Day in Iranian Prison

Michael Kempner | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Kempner

With newly open lines of communication between Washington and Tehran, Rezaian's release must remain on the top of the Obama Administration's agenda.

Local Participation Integral to SDG Implementation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Some of the reasons for the limited success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) include lack of local participation and the top-down approach of the MDGs, without focusing on local needs and preferences.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.10.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Baha'is To Celebrate "Twin Holy Days" For First Time Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

This Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Baha'i community will for the first time on a global basis celebrate "Twin Holy Days" associated with the birthdays of the two Founders of their religion.

Another American Has Been Arrested In Iran

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An Iranian-American businessman was arrested by Iranian security forces two weeks while he was visiting relatives in T...

The Hajj Stampede Exacerbates Saudi-Iranian Tension

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Israel Says Won't Allow Iran To Join 'Nuclear Weapons Club'

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his annual United Nations address on Thursday to launch an all-out a...

The UAE's High Stakes in Yemen

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Amidst the background of a violent conflict that is destroying Yemen, the UAE seeks to prove to the world that the wealthy emirates are capable of more than just spending billions of dollars to create a first-rate military with advanced weaponry.

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.

10 New Reasons to Worry About the Iran Deal

David Harris | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
David Harris

Since the P5+1 deal with Iran -- the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -- was announced on July 14, there has been much discussion and debate about it, with lots more undoubtedly to come.

Britain To Reopen Embassy In Tehran This Weekend, Diplomat Says

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

London, Aug. 20 (Reuters) -- Britain will reopen its embassy in Iran this weekend nearly four years after protesters ransacked the elegant a...

On Iran, Let's Get Serious

David Harris | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
David Harris

The Iran deal is perhaps the most consequential foreign policy issue in a generation. Yet the debate over it has too often fallen short of what's needed.

Chuck Schumer's Position on Iran Is Reckless

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Opponents of the Iran deal have been unable to produce a viable alternative. That is because there really are no alternatives left. Should the Iran deal collapse under the weight of spoilers like Schumer, Iran will get a nuclear weapon. And once Iran achieves and announces that capability to the world, no expert will be able to foresee the consequences.

Should The U.S. And Iran Work Together In The Middle East?

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One question about Iran is on everybody's mind these days: Will last month's nuclear agreement between that country and five world power...

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.

UN Security Council Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world power...

Iran's Khamenei: Nuclear Deal Should Be Scrutinized Carefully

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nouri DUBAI, July 15 (Reuters) - The text of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers should be carefully scrutin...