Tag Archives: Middle East

7 things to consider before sending troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia has offered to deploy ground forces in support of the US-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria — apparently with American support. Such a move will undoubtedly make the conflict even more nightmarish. Read More “7 things to consider before sending troops to Syria,” Hossein Mousavian, Al Monitor, February 12, […]

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Conference Report: Iran and the World: Issues and Perspectives

The 14th War and  Peace in the 21st Century seminar, held at the Palau de Pedralbes on January 16th 2016, organised by CIDOB and the Barcelona City Council in collaboration with ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Politics and supported by “la Caixa” Foundation assessed the current domestic context in Iran and the regional implications of the implementation of the nuclear deal […]

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Despite Iran Deal, U.S.-Iran Relations Still Very Much Up in the Air

The implementation of the Iran nuclear deal was a landmark achievement. Iran has at last received long-awaited sanctions relief after fulfilling its obligations under the agreement, verified last week by a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It remains unclear, however, if the way has now been cleared for greater economic development and […]

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Saudi Arabia vs Iran: Who is to blame for the row?

As tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to escalate, who is to blame for the feud and is there an end in sight? In this episode of UpFront, a close ally to the Iranian president debates a former adviser to the Saudi royal family. Read More “Saudi Arabia vs Iran: Who is to blame […]

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Targeting Muslims Is the Real Threat to Peace

Years from now, historians will likely look back at this period in American history as one of heightened prejudice amongst a significant portion of the public and shortsightedness amongst many political leaders. You do not even have to stretch the rhetoric of some Republican presidential candidates too much to spotmetaphors comparing Islam to Nazism! However, […]

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A Sensible Strategy to Counter ISIS (Spanish)

Los atentados terroristas cometidos por el Estado Islámico (ISIS en sus siglas en inglés)en París y California han supuesto un antes y un después. Occidente tiene ya claro que no es posible contener al ISIS, sino que hay que derrotarlo de forma contundente. Pero hay que evitar tener una reacción desmesurada y contraproducente como la […]

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Bridging the Gulf with Tehran (BBC interview)

The former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw looks at the evolution of the West’s troubled encounters with Persia, and then Iran, from “Great Game” imperialism, through the 20th century politics of oil, to the recent stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Read More “Bridging the Gulf with Tehran,” BBC News, December 6, 2015.

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Ambassador Mousavian on Iranian Foreign Policy and Its Challenges

In order to trace down the current state of affairs in the Middle East—where a whole host of menaces ranging from terrorism, civil wars, and unrepresentative regimes are hallmarks of its politics—we need to have a thorough observation of the historical intricacies that have brought about this situation. Read More   “Ambassador Mousavian on Iranian […]

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