A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship
By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.
Pentagon Wary of Russia-Iran Cooperation
Top Defense Department official warns Middle East allies that Moscow is not a reliable partner.
U.S. Hard-line Stance on Iran Rattles Allies
As Trump’s national security team barrels toward a confrontation in the Persian Gulf, Europe is starting to balk.
Iranians Will Tolerate Hardship but Not Capitulation
Tehran’s recent nuclear policy announcements were driven by the inescapable constraints of domestic politics.
Iran Still Doesn’t Want an Escalation
The country may have threatened to walk away from the nuclear deal, but its actions say it may be prepared to stay.
Echoes of Iraq in Trump’s Confrontation with Iran
The rising tensions with Tehran bear disturbing similarities to the run-up to war in 2003. Chief among them: the presence of John Bolton.
Rouhani’s Warning to Trump
The Iranian president’s remarks about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.
Maximum Pressure on Iran Won’t Work
Trump’s new Iran sanctions will hurt the United States in the long term.
Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds
Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Is Staying, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s Won the Battle of Ideas
Javad Zarif’s gambit paid off, but his attempt to be a bridge between Tehran and the West has become virtually impossible in the Trump era.
Will Iran Lose Its Last Link to the West?
If accepted, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation may open the door to a new Iranian radicalism.
Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought
If Tehran pulls out of the 2015 deal, it could have a weapon in a matter of months.
In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’
On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.
How Trump Can Get a Better Deal on Iran
The United States needs to keep Europe on board, go beyond sanctions, and ensure lasting bipartisan support for its new policy.
Tougher U.S. Sanctions Will Enrich Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
As the economic noose tightens on the Iranian economy, smugglers will thrive and the IRGC will be the first to profit.
Iran Hawks Could Make a Bad Situation Worse
More pressure on Tehran won’t work. Here’s what Trump should really do.
The Man Who Actually Runs Iran’s Foreign Policy
Tehran’s course is set by a shadowy figure behind the scenes—not the leaders who talk to the West.
Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table
Maximum financial pressure might be enough to force new nuclear talks.