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February, 2017

  • 14 February

    Head of U.N. nuclear watchdog says Iran continuing commitment to deal

    Iran is implementing the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the U.N. atomic energy watchdog said on Tuesday, amid concerns the United States will try to alter the terms. The United States has taken a tougher stance on Iran since President Donald Trump took …

  • 13 February

    Sweden’s ‘feminist’ government criticized for wearing headscarves in Iran

    Over the weekend, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven led a Swedish delegation to Iran. Lofven was received warmly by the Islamic Republic’s political elite — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted positively about his meeting with Lofven, adding that Sweden had a “good reputation” in his country — and the two countries agreed upon a number …

  • 12 February

    After the Ayatollahs: The Middle East Post-Khamenei

    Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney (The Washington Institute) On February 6, Ali Mamouri and Suzanne Maloney addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Mamouri is the editor of Al-Monitor’s Iraq Pulse Desk and a professor of political science at the University of Sydney. Maloney is deputy director of the Foreign …

  • 12 February

    Iran launches new missile just days after US sanctions

    Bethan McKernan (Independent) Iran has conducted another missile test, just days after the US slapped new sanctions on the country for launching a mid-range ballistic missile last month, US media reports. A defensive surface-to-air (Sam) rocket was launched from Semnan in central Iran on Wednesday, both CNN and Fox News reported …

  • 12 February

    Iran says holds eight foreigners planning attacks

    ranian security forces have arrested eight hardline Sunni Islamists suspected of planning attacks to disrupt celebrations for Iran’s Islamic revolution in the past week, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Saturday. Alavi said the eight were “Takfiri” foreigners, some of whom were linked to a “Takfiri” leader who had been …

  • 10 February

    Trump’s hostility to help keep Iran’s Rouhani in office, but make his life harder

    Donald Trump’s bellicose rhetoric towards Iran now appears likely to help keep President Hassan Rouhani in office for another term, but will make it harder for the Iranian leader’s team of moderates to govern. With an election due in three months and a hostile new administration in the White House, …

  • 10 February

    EU top diplomat discusses Russia, Iran nuclear deal with Tillerson

    In their first meeting, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke “at length” about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the EU said in a statement. Mogherini is in Washington on Thursday and Friday, for the first time since …

  • 10 February

    How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran

    KARIM SADJADPOUR (Atlantic Council) In Donald Trump’s first term there is a serious possibility of a military conflict, whether intentional or inadvertent, between the United States or Israel and Iran. What follows is how it could unfold, and how it might be avoided. Step 1: Provocations “It is an undeniable privilege …

  • 10 February

    Behind Iran Leader Khamenei’s Mild Response to Trump

    SHAHIR SHAHIDSALESS (ATLANTIC COUNCIL) Having spent only a week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing a wholesale ban on travelers from Iran and six other Muslim-majority nations. His rationale: fighting “radical Islamic terrorists.” Two days later, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out …

  • 9 February

    White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The officials said several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if …