Kerry: Iran Helpful in Fight Against ISIS

June 30, 2016
On June 28, Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington and Tehran have a common interest in Iraq and the fight against ISIS, also known as ISIL, Daesh or the Islamic State. Iran “has been in certain ways helpful, and they clearly are focused on ISIL/Daesh,” he said at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Kerry acknowledged the remaining differences between Iran and the United States, but he also emphasized that the brokering of the nuclear deal opened up a new opportunity for communication with Iran.

Iran in 2016 Fragile States Index

June 29, 2016
Iran’s ranking on the annual Fragile States Index improved slightly compared to 2015. The Fund for Peace ranks 178 countries based on their levels of stability and the pressures they face as reflected by twelve indicators. Iran ranked 47 in 2016 compared to 44 in 2015, with one being the most unstable. Its stability ranking was similar to that of Cambodia and Gambia. Lebanon was the closest Middle Eastern country in terms of ranking at number 40.

Financial Task Force Keeps Iran on Blacklist

June 24, 2016
On June 24, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) announced that it will keep Iran on its list of high-risk countries. The inter-governmental body, however, welcomed Iran’s commitment to address its record on money laundering and financing terrorism, and, as a result, suspended some restrictions for a year while Iran attempts to improve deficiencies. But the FATF warned that it would reinstate its counter-measures if Iran fails to improve. The group, whose 37 members met in South Korea, also decided to keep North Korea on its blacklist.

Iran Files ICJ Complaint to Reclaim Assets

June 17, 2016
Iran has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice to reclaim some $2 billion in assets frozen in the United States, President Hassan Rouhani announced on June 15. Tehran’s move is a response to an April 2016 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that held Iran financially responsible for terrorist attacks dating back to the 1983 Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut.