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On the Senate Letter to Iran

A few quick points on yesterday’s open letter from 47 Republican Senators to the government of Iran: (1) I don’t see legislative communications with foreign governments as categorically or even mostly unconstitutional, especially when Congress doesn’t purport to speak on behalf … Continue reading

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Litigation Over the U.S. Role in the Iranian Coup

Yesterday Iran’s parliament approved a bill requiring the Iranian government to sue the United States in international court for orchestrating the 1953 coup against Mohammad Mosaddegh. Given the timing, I’m guessing that the National Security Archive prompted this move by … Continue reading

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Would it be Illegal for Iran to Close the Strait of Hormuz?

In response to international economic and diplomatic pressure to halt its nuclear program, Iran is reportedly contemplating closing the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow and critically important waterway through which approximately a third of global sea-based oil shipments pass each … Continue reading

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