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Shahir ShahidSaless @ShahirShahidSaless

Shahir ShahidSaless is a political analyst and freelance journalist. He is the co-author of the newly published book entitled "Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace."

Behind Khamenei's Recent Red Lines For a Nuclear Deal | Shahir ShahidSaless

In his fiery remarks on June 23rd, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delineated major red lines in nuclear negotiations. According to his official twitter account, the seven items listed as red lines cover four basic areas: sanctions relief, sunset provisions for uranium enrichment, R&D, ... Continue reading »

An Overstretched Hezbollah Facing an Israeli Preemptive Strike? | Shahir ShahidSaless

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group is currently involved in an "existential battle" against insurgents inside Syria. While reports maintain that Hezbollah is currently winning the decisive battle in Qalamoun, on the Lebanese eastern border, analysts believe they are showing signs of be ... Continue reading »

What Causes the Confusing U.S. Policies in Their War Against ISIS? | Shahir ShahidSaless

ISIS's conquest of the capital of Iraq's largest province on May 17 has sparked troubling questions about the seriousness of the United States regarding its war against the proclaimed caliphate. The U.S. allowed the uncontested movement of ISIS's armored convoys toward Ramadi, although a May 28 repo ... Continue reading »

Will a nuclear deal expand freedoms of press and speech in Iran?

Since the inception of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1978, Tehran has perceived “regime change” in Iran as the US establishment's ultimate aim. Iran's strong mistrust of the US has roots in two factors. Firstly, as the Iranian sociologist Ahmad Ashraf maintains, Iranian culture, in all walks of li ... Continue reading »

New politics behind Russia’s supply of S-300 missile system to Iran

On 13 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a decree to lift the ban on the S-300 air-defence missile system to Iran. Tass, the Russian news agency, reported that the decree was effective immediately. The S-300, one of the most advanced anti-aircraft missile systems in the world, has a rep ... Continue reading »

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