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Iranians, some wearing protective masks

U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic

Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”

U.S. President Donald Trump signs new sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the White House in Washington, DC, on  June 24, 2019.

If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?

Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.

Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in Tehran in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus on March 13.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is a Diplomatic Opportunity for the United States and Iran

Washington and Tehran could use the public health emergency to show goodwill, dial down tensions while saving face, and avoid a dangerous confrontation.

Iran rials, pictured on April 11, 2011.

Iran Has a Bitcoin Strategy to Beat Trump

As the United States expands its sanctions, Iran has been ramping up its use of cryptocurrencies to get around them.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in Iran on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There

Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30, 2019.

Entangled by Iran, Trump Avoids North Korea

Though his approach to Pyongyang is failing, the U.S. president doesn’t want another major global crisis. Kim Jong Un may have different ideas.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (C) arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Nov. 11.

Sudan’s New Government Can’t Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist

Washington’s refusal to remove Khartoum from the state sponsors of terrorism list will slow Sudan’s transition to democracy and could undermine it.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly

Trump Turns U.N. Visas, Travel Restrictions Into Foreign-Policy Cudgel

If you’re deemed hostile to U.S. interests, you may face travel limitations, arbitrary visa denials, sudden airport checks, and other forms of harassment, diplomats say.

President Donald Trump speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Trump’s Weak Sanctions May Only Help Erdogan

Despite his vow to “destroy” Turkey’s economy, the U.S. president could help its leader escape the wrath of Congress.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro shake hands at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 2, 2013.

Russia Is Gearing Up for a Conflict With the United States in the Caribbean

With Moscow propping up Maduro, evading oil sanctions, and moving its troops around the coast, Washington needs to rethink its own strategies.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on June 24, 2019, imposing sanctions on Iran.

Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s

The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.

Demonstrators protest outside the Sudanese Justice Ministry in Khartoum on Sept. 19.

The United States Should Lift Sanctions on Sudan

It’s finally time to breathe new life into the country’s moribund economy.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, shake hands during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Feb. 19.

China’s Great Game in Iran

Tehran needs a friend. Beijing may be a dangerous one.

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