Amir Handjani

7 months ago

Trump Makes A Mess In Middle East By Amir Handjani

President Donald Trump’s attempt to bring peace and stability to the Middle East has backfired spectacularly. He has put a major U.S. ally, Qatar, in a serious geopolitical crisis and damaged the efforts of his own cabinet to calm regional tensions. · Trump’s recent trip to the r ...

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Amir Handjani

8 months ago

The Anatomy of Humanitarian Trade With Iran - Amir Handjani(Iran)

The United States has long promised to ensure trade in humanitarian goods for countries under its economic sanctions. For this reason, each U.S. country-based sanctions program has carved out exceptions that secured food and medicine so as to limit potential catastrophic effects ...

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Amir Handjani

9 months ago

The best way to respond to Iran protests - Amir Handjani

Iran’s deadly wave of protests has taken the government and security forces by surprise. · What started off in the holy city of Mashhad as demonstrations over unpaid wages and inflation quickly spread throughout the country, widening to include grievances about government mismana ...

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Amir Handjani

10 months ago

Why Iran won’t succumb to Trump’s sanctions

The Trump administration has put into place a punishing new wave of sanctions against Iran that targets critical components of the Iranian economy from banks to energy, shipping and insurance. · From the start of his administration, President Donald Trump has insisted that he ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

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Get Real on Iran’s Missile Program - Amir Handjani (Iran)

Last month Iran test fired a new ballistic missile. The Trump administration formally put Iran on “notice” and sanctioned entities close to and within Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) they believed were responsible for the missile test. Iran not only escalated its rhetoric but c ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

How Trump Can Get Out of His Iran Jam - Amir Handjani

President Donald Trump has made his disdain for the nuclear agreement with Iran quite apparent. It’s much less clear what he plans to do about it. · In his debut before the U.N. General Assembly last week, the president called the deal “an embarrassment” and strongly suggested he ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

Can Rouhani deliver on the Iranian nuclear deal’s economic promise? - Amir Handjani

Last month, six weeks after implementation of the Iranian nuclear accord, parliamentary elections gave Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and reformist politicians a clear mandate. Despite recent successes, though, Rouhani can hardly rest on his laurels.  Backers of the centrist cl ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

Commentary: Putin’s Middle East gamble is paying dividends - Amir Handjani

Vladimir Putin has made an art of turning weakness into strength. As Russian and Syrian forces pound Aleppo in the biggest assault of Syria’s five-year civil war, the Russian president clearly has emerged as a dominant force in the Middle East. Two years ago Russia had virtually ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

WeChat and TikTok Ban - Amir Handjani Saudi Arabia

The Trump administration is moving ahead with its ban on the popular Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok. This is a significant step in what has become a growing consensus in Washington that the two largest economies in the world need to create a different framework for their relat ...

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Amir Handjani

1 year ago

Israel-U.A.E. Diplomatic Deal Ratchets Up Tensions With Iran - Amir Handjani

Iran unleashed an angry broadside this weekend reacting to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a deal signaling deeper cooperation between the Jewish state and Gulf Arabs to counter Tehran as it vies for regional influence ...

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