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Article as Published: No War on Iran If Rouhani “Makes the Call”

... father Charlie Kushner into prison. The Kushner plan for the Middle East is crap. It should be buried. With the utmost respect for Iran, with the greatest of devotion to my own President, and an absolute commitment to restoring the rule of law in the USA and around the world, I can only urge the President of Iran to “make the call.” There is no downside. Q. Are you familiar with the distinction between the roles and authorities of the Supreme Leader versus the President? Are there any challenges or opportunities here that must be addressed? A. This is ...


Original Post: Helping Iran Make the Call

... “Helping Iran to Make the Right Choice” by Andrey Kortunov and Michel Duclos, my immediate gut reaction was “Never Mind the Choice, Make the Call!” This is a reference to the recent provision by President Donald Trump to the Swiss representatives of Iran’s interests in the USA, of a special White House telephone number where the Iranians are invited to call in order to establish a presidential-level dialog. Although not publicized by the media – the absolute last thing these mediocrities want is anything that might avert ...


Helping Iran to Make the Right Choice

... showdown, at least with Israel. The alleged increased transfers of rockets to regional proxies is a sign of this worrisome trend. Russia and the main European powers do not see completely eye to eye on these issues. Moscow is less adamant about the Iranian ballistic program, less prone to condemn so-called “destabilizing” activities in the region and is in any case not prepared to establish any causal effect between these matters and the implementation of the JCPOA. However, Russia and Europe do share some obvious common interests. Indeed, both want to avoid the non-proliferation crises that would ensue, were Tehran to decide to distance itself ...


Iran’s Ultimatum to Europe: Is the JCPOA Doomed?

... place for Iran in the region’s security system, so that it could act as a stakeholder rather than as a spoiler. This is about Iran’s behaviour in the region, which raises questions from its Sunni Arab neighbours, not to mention Israel. The solution of ... ... require a lot of time, the gradual building of confidence, a reduction in hostile rhetoric, contacts between the militaries, a refusal to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, an agreement on the status of foreign armed forces in Syria, and ...


What Is the US Endgame in Iran?

An increased American pressure on Iran makes Tehran even more dependent on major US geopolitical adversaries — China and Russia The Trump administration has decided to designate Iran's Islamic Revolution’s Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. It is the first ...


Middle East: Everyone for Himself

... Middle East Conference. The idea of establishing a collective security system in the Middle East raises skepticism for many objective reasons. To begin with, there are many players in the region that claim a leading role, primarily, Saudi Arabia and Iran, cooperation between which is seriously complicated by religious divergence. The same applies to Egypt that was historically considered the leader in the Middle East but has now encountered fierce competition on the part of the countries that could ...


The Astana Shackles

It is becoming increasingly more difficult for Moscow to retain its position as an honest, if not completely independent, broker On February 14, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet in Sochi to discuss Syria and hold separate bilateral meetings. Recently, new developments have emerged that could prove dangerous if each state pursues its own hidden agenda. The three states depend on the Astana format for settling the ...


Sanctions for the Violation of Sanctions: Businesses on US Treasury Radar

... Report “The Sanctions Against Russia: Escalation Scenarios and Countermeasures” In 2018, the French bank Societe Generale agreed to pay the US Treasury the highest fine, almost $54 million. The Treasury accused the French bank of conducting over a thousand transactions that violated the sanctions regime against Cuba, Iran and Sudan worth $5.5 billion during 2007-2012. The American regulator also established a number of aggravating circumstances including some of bank employees’ awareness of possible violations of the US sanctions, ignoring “alarm signals” (such ...


Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East?

... Russia to forge even tactical alliances in the region, not to mention strategic coalitions. Second, the current Israeli-Iranian and US — Iranian rift immensely complicates Russia’s role as an ‘honest broker’ in the region. Neither Israel, nor Iran is completely happy with the Russian policy of balancing its relations with the two states; each of the parties tries to pull Moscow to its side of the conflict. The risks of alienating either Teheran or Jerusalem, or even both of them, are on the rise. Finally, if Damascus finally has a complete military victory and regains control over most of the Syrian territory, its current dependence on Moscow will inevitably decrease. Russia and its partners can arguably ...


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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
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