Can Iranian Regime Really Bypass U.S. Sanctions?

By Shahriar Kia

On 6th November this year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that his country is going to “proudly bypass” the U.S. sanctions that are being implemented. This is typical rhetoric of the Iranian regime and it is almost certainly a way for it to hide the stark reality – the fact that U.S. sanctions are already having an impact and that the situation will only grow more and more difficult for the regime. In a time where domestic discontent is high, it is important for the regime to try and portray an image of strength. Not that the people of Iran can be fooled.

Iran Using Hit Squads to Silence Critics in Iraq

By Staff Writer

Iran is using hit squads to silence their critics in Iraq, according to British security officials, after the mullahs were found to be meddling in Iraq’s new government.

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By Mohammad Sadat Khansari

Earlier this year, U.S. President’s national security adviser John Bolton spoke about the Iranian regime and its role in the Middle East at the UN General Assembly. He said that U.S. troops are going to remain in Syria because of Iran regime’s interference there. “We’re not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias.”

Iran Regime’s Proxy Forces Trained to Use IEDs Against the US in Syria

By Mohammad Sadat Khansari

The Iranian Regime’s proxy militias in Syria are being trained and armed to terrorise US forces in eastern Syria, in much the same way that they did to American troops in Iraq between 2004 and 2006, starting with the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs.)

Iran Regime’s Desperate Manoeuvres

By Staff Writer

When Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, in May, many speculated that this would put America on track for another war in the Middle East. This has not happened, not even close, but many continue to bring it up as a possibility, so let’s assess what that incredibly unlikely event would look like.

Iran’s Role in Syria Is Dangerous and a Threat to the World at Large

By Staff Writer

Terrorism in the Middle East is a pressing problem, from the Houthis in Yemen to Hezbollah in Lebanon to ISIS in Iraq and Syria. There is no escaping this issue and it must certainly be addressed, but perhaps the best way to do this is not through the confrontation of the individual groups, although that must certainly still happen. In fact, it may be best to go straight to the source: the Iranian Regime.

U.S. Sanctions on Iran Oil Sector Proving to Be Effective

By Shahriar Kia

The United States is implementing a maximum pressure campaign on Iran and the process of exiting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally known, is nearly complete.

Iran Regime Won't Survive U.S. Sanctions

By Shahriar Kia

If you have any doubt that US sanctions on the Iranian regime will achieve the objectives that Donald Trump wants, then you should think again. While the immediate impact of the latest sanctions, targeting Iran’s oil and gas industry amongst other things, is likely to be minimal, the longer-term effects could be significant. Some are even predicting that they could make it nearly impossible for the Iranian Regime to sustain its current oil production.

Hamas’ mmbers

By Amir Taghati

For many, the news that the United States is re-imposing crippling sanctions on Iran after the U.S. exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is positive, not least for the people of Iran who are utterly fed up of the regime’s meddling abroad and its plundering of the nation’s wealth on terrorist, extremist and other belligerent activities in the Middle East.

Nathan Sales

The Washington Institute hosted a Policy Forum with Ambassador Nathan Sales, the State Department's Coordinator for Counterterrorism, as part of its long-running Stein Counterterrorism Lecture Series. The following is a report of that event.