IAEA Credibility and Its Latest Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

IAEA Credibility and Its Latest Report on Iran’s Nuclear Program

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its latest periodic report on Iran’s nuclear program last Tuesday after weeks of mainstream Western media fanfare around it. Wide debates have been going on since then in media circles about the significance and implications of this report for Iran’s nuclear issue. While some mainstream Western media journalists […]

U.S. Sanctions and Iran’s Economic Realities

U.S. Sanctions and Iran’s Economic Realities

The recent IMF report on Iran’s economy has ruffled feathers in the West by presenting a positive assessment of the economic reforms undertaken by the Iranian government and drawing an optimistic outlook of Iran’s economic growth. The IMF has particularly lauded Iran’s much-fretted subsidy reform, which removed around 100 billion dollars’ worth of mainly energy […]

Pride in the Future: the Politics of Iran’s Space Program

Pride in the Future: the Politics of Iran’s Space Program

Iran’s recent successful launch of a second satellite into orbit has drawn considerable attention around the world. As in the past, Iran’s announcement of the launch of its domestically-built satellite into space received mixed reactions in the West. Some mainstream U.S. media treated the announcement with skepticism and ridicule. “Before you cancel that European vacation […]

U.S. Policy Towards Bahrain and the Iran Factor

The popular uprising in Bahrain has put US foreign policy makers in an awkward position. The US government has largely lent its diplomatic weight to the Saudi regime in stifling popular uprising in Bahrain for fear that any democratic transformation in that country would work in Iran’s advantage, thus undermining its own interests in the […]

Prospects of further nuclear talks with Iran

Prospects of further nuclear talks with Iran

The contents of the recent letter of Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to his European interlocutor and EU’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton have turned out to be far from exciting to her. Last week, a spokeswoman spelled out Ashton’s position on Jalili’s letter by saying that “On its own, Mr. Jalili’s letter does […]

Iran-Pakistan Relations in Light of Popular Uprising in Bahrain

Pakistan’s interior minister, Rehman Malik, was recently on a visit to Tehran conveying a special message from the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to President Ahmadinejad of Iran. The Pakistani minister also met with other Iranian officials, including his Iranian counterpart, Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, and the Iranian foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi. Besides the reports […]

Celebrating Nowruz in Tehran

While the world’s attention has been focused on the nuclear crisis in Japan and the ongoing political turmoil in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa, Iran has been engaged in summit diplomacy in recent days, hosting five heads of state and several other high-level political officials from regional countries, and commemorating […]

A time not for celebrating victory over Iran

A time not for celebrating victory over Iran

Over the past few days, the dominant mood of Israeli media has been euphoria and celebration over the recent announcement by the outgoing Israeli intelligence chief, Meir Dagan, that even under worst-case scenarios Iran will not be able to build nuclear weapons at least by 2015. Referring to the latest revised assessment by Dagan of […]

Iran and Nuclear Weapons: Public Attitude and Elite Preferences

The International Peace Institute has recently released the results of its public opinion survey of a large random sample of Iranians, which was conducted in early September 2010. Among a host of questions posed to Iranian respondents on various political and economic issues, one question particularly stands out in light of the current stand-off between […]

ECO and its future as a non-Arab regional bloc

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), comprising Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and six Muslim former Soviet republics, recently held its latest summit meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, where President Ahmadinejad handed over the rotating presidency of this regional organization to President Abdullah Gul of Turkey. ECO is a low-profile regional economic integration organization, headquartered in Tehran, which […]