The lifting of nuclear sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has spurred growth, but banking system weaknesses, structural bottlenecks, and hesitation by foreign banks to re-establish financial links have held back expansion of non-oil activity, according to the latest IMF report on […]
Prior to the lifting of international sanctions against Iran in January 2016 within the framework of the Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) signed by the major powers (P5+1) in July 2015, the French energy group Total had started effective talks with Tehran with a view to exploring...
It’s been a decade ago or so, roughly before the two presidential mandates of Barack Obama, that we heard about the Strait of Hormuz in these terms. In fact, Hormuz has always been a high strategic value area except that with the quick rise in […]
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic […]
As tension is mounting between the Trump administration and the Iranian government, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi told local media that since the 16.6 billion dollars deal reached between Iran and Boeing was a “commercial one” then Trump can’t kill the […]
By barring Iranian nationals from entering US territory for at least 90 days, President Donald Trump may have miscalculated. According to several analysts of very different opinions, not only this decision could push Iran into its entrenchments like the ballistic testing carried out Sunday but […]
“Provocative and irresponsible” are the two words used by Nikki Haley, the new US Ambassador to the UN, to condemn Iran’s test of a medium-range missile on Sunday. Angry at the Trump administration that promised to cancel (at best to renegotiate) the Nuclear Deal signed […]
As Europe is about to receive Iran’s biggest oil import in 5 years, the Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) signed in July 2015 between Iran and the six great powers (P5+1) has never looked so fragile. The new President Donald Trump has repeatedly cited Iran as one...
The new POTUS has developed foreign and trade policies ideas which clearly go against the consensus formed for decades within the United States government about what to do abroad, and especially in the Middle East. For instance, the US alliance with Saudi Arabia has been...
From the decisive clout of America in the Middle East in past decades, it remains today little apart from continued, interested, conditional support from the Sunni Gulf monarchies. In addition to traditionally hostile-to-US countries including Syria and Iran, former stalwart prominent allies like Turkey and […]