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.
Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal
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Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms
U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.
How to Prevent an Accidental War With Iran
With the dangers of miscalculation or misunderstanding high, Trump should act now to make sure the only wars the United States enters are the ones it really wants to.
Iraq Is Not an Iranian Vassal State
These days, Tehran is having trouble getting what it wants from its neighbor—a development Washington can encourage by backing off.
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.
Rouhani’s Warning to Trump
The Iranian president’s remarks about the future of the Iran nuclear deal.
Don’t Let Iraq Fall Victim to U.S.-Iran Rivalry
Baghdad must insulate itself from the fallout by weaning itself from exclusive dependence on two outside backers.
Maximum Pressure on Iran Won’t Work
Trump’s new Iran sanctions will hurt the United States in the long term.
Trump’s Big Iran Oil Gamble
By seeking to cut Iranian exports to zero, the U.S. president is taking a major economic and political risk.
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.
For Kurdish Smugglers, Iran Sanctions Are Starting to Bite
The kolbars brave subfreezing temperatures and border guards’ bullets to carry heavy loads over the mountains in an unemployment-plagued region that Iran’s government has all but forgotten.
Can a New Currency End Tehran’s Economic Woes?
The Central Bank of Iran wants to take four zeros off the rial—but redenomination won’t work miracles.
U.S. Sanctions on Iran Will Harm Iraq
Baghdad is heavily dependent on trade with Tehran. Without an exemption from Washington, Iraqis—and the stability of the country—will suffer.
Sanctions Are Just the Beginning for Iran
The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.
How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger
If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.
Iran and the United States Can be Friends
They almost were, and now Hassan Rouhani could help get things back on track.
Trump’s Iran Sanctions Could Work
In the medium term, they’ll make it hard for the country to keep up oil production, satisfy domestic demand, and fund the government.