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Is the lack of clarity about the Iran-Russia oil-for-goods deal intentional?

Nader Habibi unpacks the possible motivations for the mixed signals from Moscow and Tehran regarding a proposed oil-for-goods deal between the two countries. Both countries, he argues, face domestic opposition to the deal but want to maintain the possibility of a deal as a hedge against tightening Western sanctions.

The Iranian elite and the nuclear negotiations: My reflections from Iran

Payam MohseniPayam Mohseni, just returned from a long trip to Iran, offers his observations on Iranian attitudes toward nuclear negotiations gleaned from meetings with Iranians from across the political spectrum. He finds a distinct disconnect between Iranian and American perceptions of the relationship between the two countries.

The Boeing-Iran Air Deal: Limited in scope and motivated by safety considerations

Mary Fall WadeMary Fall Wade evaluates recent moves by Boeing and Airbus to offer parts and maintenance to Iranian civil aviation. These deals, she argues, are driven by airplane manufacturers' desire to maintain the safety record of their aircraft and do not signal a weakening of the sanctions regime against Iran.

Chances for Iran-U.S. collaboration in Iraq

Kayhan BarzegarKayhan Barzegar explains why it is so unlikely for the U.S. and Iran to work together to confront the current crisis in Iraq. Such narrow cooperation, Barzegar writes, would threaten the delicate political balance that Iran seeks to maintain in the region. In order for a coordinated effort to work, he argues, the U.S. would need to focus on the broader problem of Sunni extremism and bring its own regional partners into the process.

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