Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy
Central Asia / China / Dpt. of State / Europe / Europe / Foreign Policy / Iran / Middle East / National Security / Presidential Race 2016 / Russia / Sanctions

Clinton’s Secretary of State Shortlist Reveals Her Foreign Policy

  The Clinton transition team recently leaked its shortlist for Secretary of State. While media attention has solely focused on Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance on the list, the rest of the list reveals what a potential Clinton administration’s foreign policy might entail. Based on her shortlist, Clinton has Russian aggression and European stability on … Continue reading

Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework
Energy / Foreign Policy / Iran / Politics

Flawed Progress: The Iranian Nuclear Framework

The recent unveiling of a framework for future talks about Iran’s nuclear program has some hailing it as a great step towards an Iran without nuclear weapons, while others believe giving Iran any nuclear capability is a step in the wrong direction. While this framework represents significant progress, it does not go far enough in … Continue reading

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested
Foreign Policy / Iran / National Security / Politics / Sanctions / U.S. Senate

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested

Recently,  a new piece of legislation has hit the senate floor; one that entails expanding current sanctions on Iran as well as creating new sanctions for the purpose of impeding Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.  This bill comes at a time when talks and a Joint Plan of Action (JPA) have already been made in … Continue reading

Hackers, Pipeline Problems Serious Threat to Aging Electric Grid
Energy / Iran / Sanctions

Hackers, Pipeline Problems Serious Threat to Aging Electric Grid

The Keystone pipeline isn’t the only one causing a headache for energy watchdogs. Last week, the WSJ reported that Iranian hackers had gone “far enough to worry people” in possibly manipulating oil or gas pipelines through the computers that control electricity generation. Such cyberattacks, believed to be a retaliation against sanctions, are seen as a … Continue reading

The Changing North American Energy Landscape
Economy / Energy / Foreign Policy / Iran

The Changing North American Energy Landscape

The US’s booming energy resources are changing the landscape, and not just from the Midwest to the Intermountain West. A recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that North American oil production may affect the global market as dramatically as the recent increase in Chinese demand. IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven … Continue reading

Cristina, Hugo, Evo and The Art of Flirting With Iran.
Foreign Policy / Iran / Latin America

Cristina, Hugo, Evo and The Art of Flirting With Iran.

All is fair in love, war and international politics. Today, some countries are flirting their way to the top of hemispheric dynamics and Iran is becoming extremely appealing for this purpose. This is the case for some of Latin America’s most polemic leaders. Cristina, Hugo, Evo and even Fidel have identified a strategic opportunity to … Continue reading

2013: A Tough Year for Iran Part 1 – Why the Syrian Crisis Matters
Foreign Policy / Iran

2013: A Tough Year for Iran Part 1 – Why the Syrian Crisis Matters

During the last decade the spectacular growth and development of Iran placed the Persian nation as a superpower in the Middle East and one of the most relevant actors on the international stage. However, 2012 was a challenging year for the country and 2013 promises to be even more turbulent. With an economic crisis developing, … Continue reading

America / Economy / Europe / Foreign Policy / Iran / National Security / Politics / Presidency / Sanctions / U.S. Domestic Policy / UN

WARNING: the Adverse Effects of Unilateral Sanctions

Last week, Congress overwhelmingly voted to increase sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Although nuclear nonproliferation has become my life work’s purpose, I can’t, in my right mind, agree with our government’s decision to add increased sanctions. On the other Before you stop reading, hear me out. First, let’s examine the general reasons for … Continue reading