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Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Cover-ups and incompetence: Iran as the Middle East’s coronavirus epicenter

For now, Iran has not banned its citizens from traveling to China, which as of midnight on February 25 has confirmed nearly 65,000 infections within its border.

IranSource by Brendon Hong

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Iraqi MP: Continued protests provide opportunity for real reform

The massive protests that have rocked Iraq since October 2019 and have brought down one government have also given the new prime minister designee a unique opportunity to overcome vested interests and deliver meaningful reform, according to Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin.

New Atlanticist by Kyle Thetford

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

FATF blacklists Iran, but does it matter?

The decision to impose counter-measures by the Paris-based body signals something of an end to the group’s patience with Iran, especially by the European Union, after Tehran failed to follow through on the action plan it agreed upon with the FATF to address its deficiencies.

IranSource by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

To deter Iran, the Gulf states need stronger navies

The Gulf states should follow Washington’s lead in restoring deterrence in the face of the desperate regime in Tehran.

MENASource by Daniel J. Samet

Iran Middle East

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Fantasies of regime collapse in Iran come without a plan

In pushing for regime collapse in Iran, US officials should at least be aware of what they’re courting. Even if their policy is successful, it could be more disastrous than what they’ve ever imagined.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Iran Middle East

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

American passivity and weakness shine in Idlib province

In a tribute to foreign policy continuity, the Trump administration upholds its predecessor’s Syria policy of gratuitously communicating passivity and weakness to adversaries.

MENASource by Frederic C. Hof

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The ‘maximum pressure’ campaign undermines Trump’s national security strategy

In order to stay focused on our long-term priorities, the US government must align its Iran policy with its national security strategy.

IranSource by David Wallsh

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Iran’s credit line to Syria: A well that never runs dry

There is barely an article about the Syrian economy since the 2011 uprising that does not entail a reference to that rather mysterious Iranian credit line.

IranSource by Karam Shaar and Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Economy & Business Iran

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Why Arab Sunnis are disengaged from Iraq’s protests

If Sunni politicians and powerful tribal chiefs back an upheaval in Arab Sunni areas, they would risk losing the political and economic gains realized by their alliance with Iran-backed political powers and could face repression and marginalization.

MENASource by Tamer Badawi

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Why Europe should delay FATF countermeasures on Iran

Iran’s economic policymakers and economic operators remain committed to reforms that improve the transparency of the Iranian financial system.

IranSource by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Economy & Business Iran