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Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Middle Eastern Dissidents: Iranian Regime Responsible for Twin Attacks

Following the terror attacks in Iran that killed at least 16 people, some Middle Eastern dissidents believe what happened was an inside job perpetrated by the Iranian regime.

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Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

Iran’s Election Offers Voters Only a Rubber Stamp

The Iranian president holds little real authority since the supreme leader remains the final authority on all matters of state.

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Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

Trump Administration Puts Iran “on Notice” & Issues Sanctions. What’s Next? 

What is the nature of Tehran's aggressions and what are possible non-military policy options for containing the threat posed by the Iranian regime?

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Saudi Prince Voices Support for Toppling Iranian Regime

Saudi Prince Voices Support for Toppling Iranian Regime

The speech delivered by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud at the Iran Freedom Rally drew attention, and raised more than a few eyebrows.

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Can the Iran Freedom Rally be the Regime’s “Tipping Point”?

Can the Iran Freedom Rally be the Regime’s “Tipping Point”?

Thousands of Iranian opposition members and international supporters gathered in Paris in July for the National Council of Resistance of Iran conference.

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Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iran Freedom Rally Shows The Face Of An Alternate Iran

Iranian dissidents gathered in Paris to show their support for democratic change and their opposition to Western deal-making with the country’s leadership.

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One Year On: Iran and the World

One Year On: Iran and the World

One year after the nuclear deal, how has the lifting of sanctions affected regional security after Iran’s return to the international scene?

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Iran’s Delicate Balancing Act

Iran’s Delicate Balancing Act

Simultaneously courting the West and expanding its influence beyond its borders could work in the short-term. But in the short-term only.

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Saudi Arabia’s Dangerous Gambit in Lebanon

Saudi Arabia’s Dangerous Gambit in Lebanon

Saudi Arabia's decision to suspend $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon is the latest example of a meddlesome foreign power attempting to undermine Lebanese sovereignty to advance its own political agenda.

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Iran-U.S. Confrontation in the Persian Gulf: An International Law Perspective

Iran-U.S. Confrontation in the Persian Gulf: An International Law Perspective

On January 12, 2016, 10 U.S. sailors were detained by Iran's Navy and later released. Can Iran's behavior in its territorial waters be considered justifiable or in accordance with international law?

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A Public Private Partnership for Iran’s New Petroleum Contract?

A Public Private Partnership for Iran’s New Petroleum Contract?

Can public private partnership provide a solution for the financing of energy infrastructure projects, at a time when Iran is facing declining revenues as a result of years of crippling sanctions?

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How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

How Will The Saudi-Iranian Conflict Affect Oil Markets?

The recent Saudi-Iranian clash is unlikely to affect oil markets for now, but the redistribution of political power between Saudi Arabia and Iran, along with the US disengagement from the Middle East might have long-term consequences for the region’s stability and global oil supply trends.

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Did Iran Ever Actually Violate The Nonproliferation Treaty? Does It Matter?

Did Iran Ever Actually Violate The Nonproliferation Treaty? Does It Matter?

The IAEA's final report left many observers dissatisfied: reactions to it tended to reflect people’s preexisting attitudes toward the issue.

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The Iran Deal: Three Unfounded Lines of Attack

The Iran Deal: Three Unfounded Lines of Attack

A great deal has been written about the agreement negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 countries. A lot of the commentary has been nonsense. Here I would like to address three unfounded lines of attack.

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The shadow of a Malacca Dilemma on an Iranian Hormuz Dilemma

The shadow of a Malacca Dilemma on an Iranian Hormuz Dilemma

Whoever controls the strait of Hormuz also control Iran’s oil security.

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