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Iran and US Both Struggle to Manage Relations Across the Middle East

By Edward Carney

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Iraq in a bid to expand relations with a country that is very much caught in the crossfire of the escalating tensions between Iran and the US. As if to underscore the role of this trip, CNBC published a report on Wednesday that declared “Washington isn’t happy” with the latest series of agreements to be signed between the neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Rouhani’s Trip to Iraq Raises Questions about US Containment of Iranian Influence

By Edward Carney

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Baghdad on Monday for the start of a three-day visit to Iraq, as the two neighboring countries continue to work toward closer economic, political, and security ties. His first round of talks with Iraqi government officials reportedly yielded several preliminary trade deals, as well as plans for a free trade zone along the border, a streamlined process of obtaining visas for business travels, and railway connection between key Iranian and Iraqi cities.

Iran furious that Saudi Arabia could destroy its ties to Asian countries

By INU Staff

INU- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has recently engaged in a tour of Pakistan, India and China with the goal of reducing Iran’s economic opportunities within those Asian countries.

Iran Regime Terrified of Mid-East Peace Conference

By Jazeh Miller

The Iranian Regime is terrified over a planned conference on peace in the Middle East, set to take place in Warsaw in mid-February, even going so far as to have Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif threaten Poland over Twitter for holding the conference.

He tweeted on January 11: “Those who attended last US anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever. Polish Govt can’t wash the shame: while Iran saved Poles in WWII, it now hosts desperate anti-Iran circus.”

Despite Teasing Unilateral Action, US Appears Committed to Consensus-Building on Iran

By Edward Carney

It was widely reported on Monday that new information had come to light indicating that the White House National Security Council had previously asked the Pentagon to formulate options for a military strike on Iran. The request apparently came in response to an incident last year in which Iran-backed militants fired mortars into the vicinity of the American embassy in Baghdad. Although no one was injured in the attack, it raised new alarms over the growing extent of Iranian influence in the surrounding region, and the prospective consequences for Western interests.

Pompeo Rebukes Obama Mid-East Policy; Reiterates Importance of Confronting Iran

By INU Staff

INU- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuked former President Barack Obama's policies in the Middle East and outlined the new US vision for the region, during a speech at the American University in Cairo on Thursday.

Pompeo said that “America is a force for good in the Middle East” - something that Donald Trump had reasserted during his two years in office - and that the "misguided" policies of the previous administration are over. He said that Obama’s “wishful” thinking has diminished the US’s role in the regime and emboldened the Iranian Regime.

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