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How Trump’s tweets affect relations with Iran

by Claude Salhani – US President Donald Trump is undermin­ing his administra­tion by shooting from the hip with contradictory and often deceitful and misleading postings on Twitter. This very unpresidential behaviour will weigh against him…


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Iran seen provoking tensions with US at sea

By  Claude Salhani As tensions between Russia and the United States over Syria abated slightly, tensions between Iran and the United States continued to build, risking an all-out confron­tation between the US Navy and Iran’s…


Is Iran upping the Shia-Sunni divide?

By Claude Salhani Political tensions in the Middle East are at a dangerously high level as the United States and Russia are facing off over the Syrian conflict, pitting the two powers against one another…


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Iranians playing with fire in the Gulf

2016/05/08 Issue: 55 Page: 6 Claude Salhani In an act of precarious defiance, the deputy commander of Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolu­tionary Guards Corps threatened to bar access to the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the…



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Is Iran fooling the West?

By Claude Salhani There are growing concerns in some political circles that the pressure placed on Iran to have it stop its nuclear development programs may have been lifted too early. At the core of…