On 22 September 2018, a major terrorist attack was carried out at a military parade in Ahvaz, a city in the Khuzestan province, which left at least 25 people dead. While the ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, no proof was offered and officials in Teheran came out to quickly accuse Arab separatist groups of the region. Later on, the Arab separatist group Ahvaz National Movement came out to also...

On 7 September 2018, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani had a meeting in Minsk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka. It is a significant visit since the bilateral relations have greatly weakened during the last four years since Belarus had started its rapprochement with the West. The official statements on the meeting have already raised up numerous discussions in the Belarusian mass...

Greece exits its bail-out programme, but its marathon has further to go 2 August 2018 The Economist discusses the current state of Greek economy which has recently been emboldened by two years of GDP growth and the official termination of the third, last round of the IMF bailout pending this August. However, long-term structural problems- low productivity, weak economic dynamic, not particularly...

  The harsh foreign sanctions that have been damaging Iran`s economy are dragging the regime to one of the hardest tests ever. Domestic protests and the government`s assertive reaction are complicating the situation day by day, with outside forces observing how it will further develop. We talked to Dr. Theodore Karasik, Senior Advisor, Gulf State Analytics and Ali Hajizade, Founder and Editor,...

It was reported in October 2017 that President Donald Trump advised the U.S. trade representative to intimidate their South Korean counterparts by telling them he was a madman. “You tell [the South Koreans] if they don't give the concessions now, this crazy guy will pull out of the deal,” Trump said, referring to the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement. Interestingly enough, this report coincided...

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the 12 demands towards Iran for starting negotiations on a new deal. However, President Trump’s diplomacy has demonstrated that his tactics lies in putting up excessive demands from the very beginning and further negotiations on an appropriate deal. In these frames, it would be interesting to look at Pompeo’s demands...

Japan, China and South Korea get together 10 May 2018 This piece analyzes Mr. Abe’s invitation sent to the Chinese prime minister and the South Korean president, to come to Tokyo, and relates this step to Donald Trump’s recent steps towards North Korea. Furthermore, it states that the main push for this action had to do uncertainty over American role in the Pacific, as well as a possible trade...

There is no exaggeration to tell that Trump’s final decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran has significantly changed the political situation not only in the Middle East but in the whole world. Numerous experts have already presented detailed analyses of possible negative consequences to all involved parties including the U.S. However, what was done is done and new questions arise. Among the...

  Iran among the ruins (by Vali Nasr) 13 February 2018 Vali Nasr provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolving role of Iran in the Middle East, arguing that demonizing Tehran and re-introducing sanctions against it is a bad policy for the U.S. He shows that the increasing Iranian influence in a range of countries- war-torn Syria, Iraq, Qatar- is due to a large extent to America’s own policy...

The scrapping of the Iran deal was criticized by an overwhelming majority of observers as a shortsighted decision. Yet, President Trump's action seems to reflect the view of several of his Security Council members and his main regional allies in the Middle East. Two possible paths are now open for the Trump administration.   Longtime opponents of the deal, like State Secretary Pompeo and National...

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