Iran denies reports on EU oil export cuts


Iran's Oil Ministry has refuted media reports on the country stopping its crude exports to six EU nations on Wednesday. READ MORE

EU Pushes India to Sway Iran into Resuming Nuke Talks

The European Union has asked New Delhi to use its influence to draw Iran back into talks over its disputed nuclear ambitions, Indian TV channels said on Friday. READ MORE

Iran’s Asymmetric Threat


By Raoul Heinrichs

Iran’s navy may not be a match for the U.S. on the high seas, but the Strait of Hormuz offers plenty of ways for it to make life tricky. READ MORE

Iran crisis worries Armenia

By Aschot Gasasjan, Markian Ostaptschuk

For Armenia, Iran is de facto the sole connection to the outside world. The transport routes through other neighboring countries are blocked. Yerevan fears isolation in case of a military conflict in the Gulf. READ MORE

The Realist Prism: Iran's Nuclear Pipedream, and Washington's

By Nikolas Gvosdev

With the possibility of a clash between the United States and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program looming on the horizon, one cannot help but wonder: Is it worth it for Iran, now grappling with increasingly onerous sanctions, to continue its pursuit of a nuclear capacity, albeit an ambiguous one? READ MORE

EU imposes embargo on Iranian oil


By Mark Hallam, Joanna Impey, Chuck Penfold

European Union foreign ministers have announced a ban on the import of Iranian oil. The new oil sanction against Iran prohibits any new deals and calls for existing contracts to be stopped by July this year. READ MORE

Uncertain World: The war of nerves around Iran


By Fyodor Lukyanov

The January/February 2012 issue of the magazine Foreign Affairs features an article with the shocking title: Time to Attack Iran: Why a Strike Is the Least Bad Option. It is indicative of the current mood and may set the tone for the rest of the year. READ MORE

U.S. Warns Israel on Strike


By Adam Entous, Julian E. Barnes, Jay Solomon

Officials Lobby Against Attack on Iran as Military Leaders Bolster Defenses. READ MORE

The Covert Intelligence War Against Iran


By Scott Stewart

There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about a “cold war” being waged by the United States, Israel and other U.S. allies against Iran. Such a struggle is certainly taking place, but in order to place recent developments in perspective, it is important to recognize that the covert intelligence war against Iran (and the Iranian response to this war) is clearly not a new phenomenon. READ MORE

Confronting Iran


By Efraim Halevy

Peace must precede the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free Middle East and not the other way round. READ MORE