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October 2, 2019
The Popular Mobilization Forces at a crossroads
Despite demands that the PMF militias, which operate under the Iranian umbrella, integrate into the Iraqi military apparatus, a number are not complying, which could have implications for Iraqi sovereignty.
September 23, 2019
Iran escalates: The attack on the Saudi oil fields
The Sept. 14 attack against two Saudi oil facilities was a daring and aggressive leap forward on Iran’s part, and has serious regional and geopolitical implications.
April 29, 2019
Iran must demonize its enemies to justify itself
The Islamist regime’s intense preoccupation with constructing a negative image of its adversaries has become one of its most defining features.
April 1, 2019
Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Iraq
Iraq is a convenient channel through which Iran can circumvent current U.S. sanctions.
March 11, 2019
Iran’s unwavering Israel-hatred
Once a friend to Israel, Tehran overnight became an archenemy dedicated to its destruction. What was the source of such virulent and apparently indestructible hostility?
November 26, 2018
The implications of sanctions for the Iranian oil market
The leadership in Tehran hopes that Trump will not win another term, and is willing to tighten the country’s belt until the next U.S. elections.
June 5, 2018
Ongoing protests in Iran’s periphery may determine fate of regime
A number of recent protests took place in Iran that received almost no attention anywhere other than inside the country.
May 3, 2018
Iran faces economic challenges as currency plunges
The sharp decline in the value of the Iranian currency is causing upheaval in the Iranian economy and challenging the government and the banking sector.