What does Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba mean for another of the US's sanctioned nations, Iran? This article highlights the differences between Cuba and Iran's relationships with the US, and contends that the US will not normalize relations with Iran any time soon based on those differences.Read More
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Historically, Iranian support for Hamas in times of conflict has run quite deep—both in terms of extensive funding and providing weapons. But for almost three years now, bilateral relations between Hamas and Iran were considered severed for multiple reasons. Why has Iran scaled back its involvement?
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As the situation in Iraq further crumbles, unlikely bedfellows look to stabilize the country and halt the advance of the terrorist organization ISIS. Is there a role for Iran and the West to work together?
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As violence continues to escalate within Iraq, the US and its allies, as well as regional powers, are facing the pressure to take action in order to de-escalate and stabilize the troubled country. The news is inundated with policy experts advocating every degree of intervention from boots on the ground to complete passivity.Read More
A personal account of how my family and many others like us have been unfairly caught in the cross-hairs of sanctions while the international community inches toward a nuclear deal with Iran (or not). What can you do when your government’s sanctions abroad have a biting sting at home?Read More
In this weekend roundup...
- Talks with Iran on long-term accord begin in February, officials say
- Egypt to hold early presidential election
- Protesters and police clash in Bahrain
- Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Army Vehicle
- Syria Talks Appear Deadlocked as Sides Disagree Over Goals
In this weekend's roundup:
- U.N. Rescinds Iran Invitation to Syria Conference
- Syrian Defector Reveals Graphic Images of Detainees in al-Assad’s Prison Camps
- Iran Limits Nuclear Activity in Accordance with P5 + 1 Deal
- UAE Convicts 30 of Organizing Illegal Muslim Brotherhood Branch
- Egyptian Supporters of al-Sisi Urge a Presidential Run
- Syria Opposition Proposes Ceasefire
- Egypt Constitutional Referendum
- Iran Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect Monday
- 3rd Anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution
- Special Tribunal for Lebanon Begins
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