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Dr. Mohammed Al-Sulami

Dr. Mohammed Al-Sulami is Head of the International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah). Twitter: @mohalsulami

01 October 2019 01:51 PM

A reading of US sanctions on Iran

Following the drone and missile attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia, the US announced a new

20 August 2019 03:00 PM

Systemic corruption threatens Tehran regime’s future

For many years, Iranian institutions have suffered from endemic and rampant financial and administrative corruption.

17 August 2019 01:15 PM

Iran’s racist revisionism must be challenged

State-sponsored media outlets play a major role in political, cultural and diplomatic promotions.

10 July 2019 07:41 AM

Iraqi PM’s serious test following IMIS decree

As the political arena in Iraq returned to a degree of normality post-ISIS, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi took advantage of this opportunity to issue a 10-point statement announcing his decision to integrate the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria into the regular Iraqi army.

26 June 2019 01:04 PM

US must avoid the middle ground on Iran

The Arabian Gulf and the broader Middle East have witnessed a continuous escalation of tensions over the past two months, with increasing US and UK military mobilization in the region.

17 June 2019 02:03 PM

Inaction in face of tanker attacks will have dire consequences

In July last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a trip to Switzerland: “No oil in the region would be exported if we did not export our oil.”

11 June 2019 02:47 PM

Iran’s delusions of grandeur a survival strategy

The renowned Iranian poet Nizami Ganjavi wrote five massive works of epic poetry. The fourth of these, written in 1197 and named “Haft Peykar” (The Seven Beauties), was written in praise of the ruler of Maragha, Ala-al-Din Korpe Arslan.

04 June 2019 01:02 PM

Serious steps should be taken to confront Iran’s behavior

In my article last week, I described the difficult options that could be put forward to respond to the Iranian regime’s behavior in the region.

27 May 2019 11:41 PM

Iranian militias in Syria under pressure from all sides

Many questions are being raised about the future of Iran’s role in Syria. For instance, how is it being affected by the rapidly shifting positions and alliances among the parties to the Syrian crisis? What about Iran’s expansionist ambitions in Syria, the US’ demands, and the intensive Israeli raids aimed at pressuring Tehran to pull its militias out of the country? Dr. Mohammed al-Sulami wrote in the Arab News.

19 May 2019 11:53 AM

Trump should learn the lessons of Obama’s Iran negotiations

Washington’s policy of exerting the maximum degree of pressure on Iran’s regime continues, with more steps taken by the US to weaken the foundations of the regime’s economy.

01 May 2019 03:27 PM

Will Iran drink from the ‘poisoned chalice’ once again?

In a move that surprised some, the US has decided not to renew the exemptions it previously granted to eight nations to continue importing Iranian oil despite the sanctions imposed on Tehran’s oil sector.

15 April 2019 09:57 PM

Iran regime to suffer as a result of IRGC’s terrorist designation

This is the first time that a state military entity has been designated as a terror group. Hence, we are dealing with a unique situation in terms of its consequences and implications.

27 March 2019 11:24 AM

Rouhani outdoes Khamenei with attack on Iran’s ‘enemies’

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the country’s President Hassan Rouhani both addressed the people, with their speeches having several points in common. They both focused on Iran’s resistance economy and the need to challenge US sanctions through improving domestic production.

20 March 2019 11:24 AM

Iran and the future of the Afghanistan peace process

US officials are currently engaged in peace talks aimed at reaching a political settlement with the Taliban, driven by a desire for peace and security in Afghanistan, with the support of regional neighbors.

05 March 2019 11:20 AM

Zarif’s future uncertain despite Iran’s rejection of his resignation

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif last week announced his resignation on the social media platform Instagram, although his decision was quickly rejected by the regime’s leadership.

11 February 2019 01:31 PM

Iran’s regime remains immature 40 years on from revolution

Iran marks the 40th anniversary of the “victory” of the Islamic revolution in 1979 on Feb. 11. In Islamic culture, the 40s is a crucial age in a man’s life, as he reaches rational and intellectual maturity.

09 January 2019 09:56 AM

Iranian regime facing further instability and isolation

Last year was full of challenges for Iran. There were countless pressures and challenges for the regime at the domestic, regional and international levels.

26 December 2018 08:04 AM

Nature may abhor a vacuum, but Iran loves one

President Donald Trump’s intention to halve the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 14,000 to 7,000 and withdraw the 2,000 remaining troops from Syria has caused some concern among those following US policy toward Iran.