• Commentary

    Competing Over Islam: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran In the Balkans

    • Dimitar Bechev, Ahmet Erdi Öztürk
    • January 11, 2022
    • Middle East Institute

    In the last two decades, the Balkans appear to have become a new arena for religious competition between Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. The strategies used by these very different actors show their efforts in exporting faith in the name of power and in projecting their identity and domestic structures.

    • Multimedia

    What Are The Possible Geopolitical Flashpoints For 2022?

    If Iran goes back to enrichment, then you have the rather nightmare prospect, even though the odds are poor of success, of an Israeli preemptive military strike or a conflict in which the United States could be involved

    • Commentary

    What’s at Stake in the Iran Nuclear Talks

    While the United States needs Tehran to stop its enrichment program, the Islamic Republic is fighting for survival.

    • Commentary

    Iran: Back to the Nuclear Deal

    • Cornelius Adebahr
    • December 30, 2021
    • Italian Institute for International Political Studies

    While a successful Iran nuclear deal is far from guaranteed, alternatives to diplomacy are bleak. The United States’ apparent unwillingness to signal its intention to honor the agreement, Iran’s nuclear progress, and rising tensions between Washington and Beijing stand in the way of a renewed compromise.

    • Multimedia

    Blinken Talked About China and the Iran Nuclear Deal at End of Year News Conference

    It did raise serious questions about the administration's competency and credibility and whether or not it could basically deliver on commitments that it had made to its allies. Getting out of lost wars is never an easy enterprise.

    • Commentary

    Israel's Race Against Iranian Nukes Has Become a Marathon

    Iran apparently has not abandoned this ambition to acquire nuclear weapons, but at the same time sees no urgency in achieving this aim, while also seeking to minimize the risks entailed pursuing it. Therefore, Israel's intelligence assessments on the timing of Iran's nuclearization have consistently proven wrong.

    • Diwan

    Bennett’s Breakthrough

    The Israeli prime minister visited the United Arab Emirates this week, highlighting a number of current realities.

    • Diwan

    A Ticking Time-Bomb?

    Disagreement between the United States and Iran over a revived nuclear accord may anchor volatile competition.

    • Commentary

    Iran Feels Cornered by the Biden Administration

    All of this regional activity is happening with the U.S. quietly coordinating in the background, encouraging some moves while discouraging or ignoring others (such as the overtures to Assad), but overall engaging in much more diplomacy across the region ahead of the nuclear talks with Iran that resumed this week after a five-month hiatus.

    • Commentary

    What to Expect From the Iran Nuclear Talks

    While U.S. President Joe Biden has stated his intention to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tehran’s nuclear advances and Washington’s unclear diplomatic approach risk derailing the Vienna negotiations.

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