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Ivan Sascha Sheehan

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

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Whatever one thinks of the outcome of the Singapore summit, there is no denying the historical significance of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has laid out a new strategy for dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it predictably adds to the assertiveness that has defined the Trump administration’s approach since day one.
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President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal sent Washington’s pro-Tehran community scrambling to remember their social media passwords in a fierce effort to document their moral indignation and indict those supportive of scrapping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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In a press conference during his French counterpart’s visit to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump issued a stark warning to the Islamic Republic of Iran. If they restart their nuclear program, he said, “They will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before.” The warning was notable, not simply because the White House may reinstate sanctions that were suspended under the 2015 nuclear agreement or withdraw from the deal altogether, but because of the historic rebellion underway in Iran.
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In late December 2017 and in January 2018, massive protests erupted throughout the Islamic Republic of Iran. The largest countrywide uprising since 2009 started in the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, the second largest city in Iran, and a few towns on December 28, and spread to some 142 cities and towns in all 31 provinces at a shocking pace.
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The recent announcement that a fierce critic of authoritarian regimes, John Bolton, will follow H.R. McMaster by assuming the position of National Security Advisor, is further indication that the White House is embracing a more assertive U.S. posture toward the Islamic Republic of Iran than at any point since the 1979 Revolution. And Bolton’s rise may come at Tehran’s expense.
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President Trump’s appointment of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as his new national security advisor faces resistance in some quarters. Many of those who oppose the selection do so under the false assumption that Bolton will put the United States on war footing with rogue s
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This weekend marks the 39th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini’s return from exile in 1979 to hijack a popular movement that led to the dismissal of Iran’s monarchy and its dictatorship.
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