Iran Confirms Recent Natanz Attacks Were Sabotage as Cyberwar with Israel Appears to be Escalating

Image from AFP By Samuel Leiter On Sunday, Iranian officials confirmed that an explosion on July 2nd was caused by sabotage, but declined to reveal the culprit saying “how this explosion took place and with what materials ... will be announced by security officials in due course.” In July, a previously unknown group called the … Continue reading Iran Confirms Recent Natanz Attacks Were Sabotage as Cyberwar with Israel Appears to be Escalating

The 1953 coup still matters in Iran—here’s why

Image: Natalie Wu By Matthew Petti With much fanfare, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of an "Iran Action Group" on August 16, 2019. Pompeo claimed that the group's goal is to "change the Iranian regime's behavior," citing a litany of "destabilizing behavior" but stopping short of specific demands. Commentators were quick to … Continue reading The 1953 coup still matters in Iran—here’s why

A House Divided: The Saudi-Iranian Cold War

Image: Natalie Wu By John Park The deal earlier this week reaffirming military cooperation between Iran and Syria indicates that Iran will not risk losing its influence over one of several countries it is tightly competing for control over with its rival power, Saudi Arabia. While observers maintain that this rivalry is the result of … Continue reading A House Divided: The Saudi-Iranian Cold War

Violating the Iran Nuclear Deal: Reducing American Leverage

By Keith Blankfield Graffiti on the wall of the closed US embassy in Tehran.  © David Holt On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to impose new sanctions on Iran, thus violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and jeopardizing the 2015 nuclear nonproliferation agreement between Iran and the West. Like … Continue reading Violating the Iran Nuclear Deal: Reducing American Leverage