The Geopolitics & Economics of the Iran Nuclear Deal

July 21, 2015 at 5:47 PM


The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed to in Vienna by the P5+1 countries and Iran is clearly a landmark agreement, one which will significantly alter the political and economic balance of power in the Middle East, as well as the global strategic picture. However, amidst the chorus of celebration from many capitals around the world, and condemnations from Israel, some of the Gulf states, and certain segments in Iran, much of the geopolitical significance of the agreement has been overlooked.

From this perspective, the deal is more than simply a new chapter in Iran’s relations with the West and the world at large; it is the agreement by which Iran will transform itself from a potentially powerful, though politically and economically isolated country, to an emerging regional power that will become a linchpin of the strategies of both the western and non-western worlds. Of course, this potential benefit came at the cost of major concessions from Tehran, concessions which are in many ways difficult to justify, especially within the context of Iranian domestic politics where issues of national pride have a very real political currency and cannot necessarily be measured in rials, euros, and dollars.

However, an analysis of the impact of the deal cannot simply be relegated to what is in Iran’s immediate interests, nor those of the P5+1 countries, but rather must take into account the long-term strategic imperatives of each. Moreover, the emerging non-western alliance of BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), New Silk Road, and Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) broadly speaking, factor significantly into this deal. So too does Turkey, both an important trading partner for Iran, but also a political adversary.

Seen in this way, the agreement reached in Vienna is a watershed in early 21st Century geopolitics and economic development, one which will have vast implications for years, and perhaps decades, to come.

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Political Obstacles for Obama’s Iran Deal

July 18, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Eric Draitser of provides his analysis of the Obama administration placing pressure on Congressional Democrats to sign off on the Iran nuclear deal. Draitser explains the role of the Israel lobby, 2016 elections, and party allegiance in this issue. He also notes the international implications of a US rejection of the deal.

Counterpunch Radio – Ep. 11 (Joshua Frank & Mickey Huff)

July 14, 2015 at 5:44 PM

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This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser chats with two excellent guests about independent media, and the importance of critical analysis outside of the mainstream establishment. The first half of the show features a great conversation with CounterPunch Managing Editor Joshua Frank, who talks about the launch of the new and improved CounterPunch website while waxing poetic on the importance of family, from an independent media perspective, of course. Eric and Joshua examine some of the key issues on which CounterPunch stands apart from the crowd, including the left progressive paeans and campfire kumbayas for Bernie Sanders, and the state of the organized left in America.

In the second half of the show Eric is joined by Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored. Eric and Mickey discuss dominant narratives, the writing of history, and the mis-education of the educational system. They touch on everything from the Orwellian phenomenon of groupthink and its predominance in our political culture to the use of the term “conspiracy theory” as a pejorative term and a weapon of political and intellectual marginalization. All this and much more on Episode 11 of CounterPunch Radio, featuring intro and outtro music provided by the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Boogie Woogie, David Vest, and interlude by Chumbawamba.

Discussing the Iran Nuclear Agreement

July 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on Press TV (July 14, 2015) to provide his analysis of the agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries. Draitser explains that, despite the celebratory rhetoric, key aspects of the West’s economic and political war against Iran remain intact. He notes that the US especially wanted this agreement to integrate Iran into the West’s system of international finance capital, and prevent it from becoming a key asset of the non-Western system embodied in BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and other emerging institutions.

Shifting Borders: ISIS Redrawing Mideast Map

July 13, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on CrossTalk (July 13, 2015) to discuss the evolution of ISIS and its impact on the Middle East. He discusses the role of the US in facilitating its creation, the policies Washington has pursued that have enabled its rise, and the implications of the Islamic State moving forward. All this and much more in this wide-ranging discussion.