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Jalil Bayat

Middle East

The US risks pushing Iran towards a nuclear weapon

Absent quick US action to return to the JCPOA, Iran may be pushed to follow the North Korean model.

Middle East

Why is Iran developing missiles and bolstering regional proxies?

With the Trump administration escalating tensions once again with its snapback scheme, it’s worth trying to figure out just what Tehran wants.

Middle East

How might Iran react to a US seizure of its oil tankers?

The seizure of its tankers is not something Iran would remain silent about, especially with the newly elected hardliner parliament, which has placed moderates like Rouhani and Zarif in their weakest position in seven years.

Middle East

Two years after US withdrawal from the Iran deal, where are we now?

Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, known as the JCPOA, in May 2018, and reinstated sanctions against the country.

Middle East

The United Nations needs to get involved in the US-Iran standoff.

It's probably a long shot but the U.N. General Assembly could invoke what's called the "Uniting for peace" resolution to de-escalate tensions.