Iran’s Pact With China Is Bad News for the West
Tehran’s new strategic partnership with Beijing will give the Chinese a strategic foothold and strengthen Iran’s economy and regional clout.
Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile
Two years after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has cut in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb.
Why Hassan Rouhani Ended Iran’s Lockdown
The Islamic Republic could face a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections, but keeping the economy closed down without a safety net would have likely led to unrest and collapse.
Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions
With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.
The Coronavirus Is Absolutely No Excuse to Lift Sanctions on Iran
Exploiting Iran's coronavirus crisis to demand an end to sanctions is fundamentally dishonest—and panders to a brutal regime.
Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears
They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.
U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic
Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”
As Coronavirus Spreads, Iranian Doctors Fear the Worst
Iran’s political and economic isolation hasn’t stopped COVID-19—but sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe.
Europe Puts What Remains of the JCPOA in Limbo
By triggering the Iran deal’s dispute resolution mechanism, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are hoping to push the sides back to the negotiating table—but they may escalate instead.
Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal
After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes
Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.
Don’t Expect a Thaw in Iran
The protests and prisoner exchange may put talks with the United States further off.
For Many Iranians, Staying In the Nuclear Deal No Longer Makes Sense
Talks have little appeal because Tehran is convinced that Trump can’t be trusted to negotiate in good faith. And there isn’t much political support for observing what’s left of the deal while Washington wages economic war.
In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia
Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.
How to Make a Lasting Deal With Iran
Maximum pressure won’t make Tehran capitulate. Letting it enhance its conventional military capabilities could convince it to rein in proxies and curb its nuclear and missile programs.
U.S. Sanctions Are Killing Cancer Patients in Iran
Washington claims that maximum pressure won’t stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.
How Europe Can Save What’s Left of the Iran Nuclear Deal
With the help of Russia and China, European leaders can prevent the total collapse of the 2015 agreement—and keep the region safer.
Iran Isn’t Trying to Build a Bomb Tomorrow. It Wants Sanctions Relief.
Iran’s decision to surpass uranium enrichment limits isn’t a dangerous provocation. It’s a calculated effort to get European leaders to reinforce the nuclear deal and halt the drift toward war.
How Close Is Iran to a Nuclear Bomb, Really?
Experts say Tehran has the capability to build a nuclear weapon within a few years but perhaps not the intent.