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Europe Doesn’t Have to Be Trump’s Doormat

By Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson – New York Times After months of swaggering hesitation, President Trump finally announced the United States’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, to which Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union are also parties. This action tramples on European leaders, who urged Mr. Trump …

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Nuclear deal a challenge for Rouhani asIran hardliners close in

  By Parisa Hafezi (Reuters) Iran‘s hardliners are preparing to bring President Hassan Rouhani to heel if U.S. President Donald Trump scraps Tehran’s nuclear deal with major powers, officials and analysts believe. Trump has threatened to abrogate the 2015 agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12, …

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Israel’s options for resolving tension with Iran

Yossi Beilin – Al Monitor If Israel and Iran want to set new rules for the game played on the Syrian front, and if they would rather avoid all-out war, they should look back at the understandings reached between Israel and former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in Lebanon back in 1976. …

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IRAN’S NUCLEAR HOLIDAY: A FINAL ATTEMPT TO DETER TRUMP

Omer Carmi – The Washington Institute The twentieth day of Farvardin, which usually coincides with April 8 or 9, is known in Iran as “National Nuclear Technology Day.” The unusual celebration began under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who declared it an official holiday in 2006 after Iran reached a significant …

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THE MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH OF THE YEAR IN IRAN

Patrick Clawson – The Washington Institute The most important annual speech in Iran is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s lengthy address to pilgrims in Mashhad on March 21, Nowruz Day (not to be confused with his less significant midnight television address marking the beginning of the holiday). Over the years, the …

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The IAEA’s Right and Obligation to Inspect Military Facilities in Iran

  Olli Heinonen – FDD Research In order for the nuclear deal with Iran to ensure the “exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must be able to inspect all necessary locations either in the territory of Iran or under its control elsewhere, including all military …

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5 reasons Iran is staying out of eastern Ghouta

Hamidreza Azizi  – Al Monitor After weeks of heavy fighting between the Russian-backed Syrian army and rebel groups in eastern Ghouta, the Syrian government has managed to bring over 90% of the strategic Damascus suburbunder its control. The development comes as the result of a dealbetween Russia and the rebel …

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HOW WILL IRAN PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE JCPOA?

Omer Carmi – The Washington Intitute Many observers believe that President Trump’s recent appointment of Iran hawks for two top positions—John Bolton as national security advisor and Michael Pompeo as secretary of state—is a further sign that he will withdraw from the nuclear deal next month, when the next deadlines for …

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TEHRAN’S FINANCIAL WOES WILL TEST U.S. POLICY RESOLVE

Jay Solomon –  The Washington Institute As the Trump administration welcomes a new secretary of state and national security advisor this spring, the fate of Iran’s currency, the rial, will loom large in White House strategy on how to confront Tehran. President Trump has threatened to reimpose punishing oil and …

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MISMANAGEMENT LEAVES IRAN’S ECONOMY VULNERABLE

Patrick Clawson –  The Washington Institute.     On March 29, the IMF released a report stemming from its latest “Article IV consultation” with Iran. Highlighting the country’s economic vulnerabilities, the report emerges at a time when the Iranian rial has been under sustained pressure. The rial-to-dollar exchange rate on the …

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