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  • US-Iran Hostilities in Times of Pandemic

    The uncertainty brought about by the pandemic would at best have a limited and short-term impact on the US-Iran hostilities. For the time being, the chances of escalation may be limited but the rivalry is here to stay.

    May 22, 2020

    Suchak Patel asked: What is the footprint of Iran's Quds Force in West Asia and the global theatre, and the ethical or political perspective to list it as a terrorist organisation?

    Adil Rasheed replies: For the Islamic Republic of Iran to have named its elite offshore military force ‘al-Quds’, which is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, is understandably disconcerting for the United States (US) and Israel as it clearly points to Iran’s extra-territorial military ambition of “liberating” Islam’s third holiest city from the Zionist state.

    Soleimani’s Killing Redefines US-Iran Rivalry

    The situation in Persian Gulf has been on the boil with several tit-for-tat actions raising the chances of a direct confrontation. However, Iran will be cautious in choosing an all-out war given its vulnerabilities against the US military might.

    January 13, 2020

    The West Asian Crisis and Oil Price Expectations

    As concerns over a potential conflict in the region grow, the pressing issue of what a conflict would mean for the price of international crude oil needs to be addressed urgently.

    July 04, 2019

    Chaitanya Chauhan asked: What interests does the Trump administration holds in Iran? What are the key strategic and economic dimensions to it?

    S. Samuel C. Rajiv replies: Donald Trump, even prior to assuming office in January 2017, held that the Iran nuclear deal – formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – negotiated by the Barack Obama administration along with Russia, France, Germany, United Kingdom and China (the P5+1) in July 2015, was a ‘disastrous deal’ and one of his first tasks after taking over as president would be to dismantle it.

    Rising US-Iran Hostilities and Challenges for India

    While India is likely to meet the shortfall in its crude oil imports, the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran have the potential to either seriously damage India’s ties with Iran or hinder the strategic partnership with the United States.

    May 24, 2019

    Aarti Yadav asked: US has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal thereby threatening the global rule-based order. What could be its possible ramifications for India?

    Reply: Please refer to the following IDSA publications:

    Shebonti Ray Dadwal, “Iran Sanctions: India’s Options”, IDSA Commentary, July 12, 2018.

    P. R. Kumaraswamy, “Return of the Persian Puzzle”, IDSA Commentary, July 05, 2018.

    The Trump Challenge to the JCPOA

    Trump’s new policy statement on Iran has enveloped the UNSC-approved Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a shroud of uncertainty that could lead to further instability in conflict-ridden West Asia.

    October 24, 2017

    The Iran Nuclear Deal: An Indian Perspective

    The Iran Nuclear Deal: An Indian Perspective

    The Iran nuclear deal should not be seen in isolation. There has been a clear realisation in the West, especially in the US, that Iran needs to be brought out of international isolation and into the mainstream.

    April 06, 2015

    Iran under Rouhani: From Confrontation to Reconciliation

    Rouhani’s presidency has injected a new tone in Iran’s foreign policy, marking a dramatic shift from Ahmadinejad’s policy of confrontation with the West. Rouhani’s policy towards the neighbouring countries has received strong support while his policy of engagement with Obama administration and the nuclear deal have generated intense debate.

    February 26, 2014

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