6 Oct 2012
Calm has been restored for now, but Iran’s economic problems have not gone away just because protesters have left the streets of Tehran. Changes brought about by the “Arab Spring” creating expectations throughout the region, combined with the continued use of economic sanctions by Western nations attempting to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, have led observers to wonder if...
20 Jun 2012
Western diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program may not have breathed their last but the troubled process appears to be on life support after talks this week failed to resolve a row stirring regional tensions and unsettling oil markets.
Mindful of a possible Israel strike, both Iran and its negotiating partners are keen to pursue even a minimal level of contact to...
12 Jun 2012
The nuclear talks in Baghdad between Iran and the Permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) failed to produce a breakthrough. The bad news is that time is running out. By July 1, the West will escalate with an embargo on oil and sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank. Iran will respond in kind and the situation may get out of control. The good news is that the ball is in Europe’s court and — unlike America...
25 May 2012
As nuclear negotiations between Iran, the U.S., and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council concluded in Baghdad on Thursday, top experts and former U.S. officials convened at a panel hosted by the National Iranian American Council to assess the outcomes.
24 May 2012
Iran and world powers agreed to hold a new round of talks about the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear program next month after failing to bridge differences during two days of negotiations in Baghdad.
Negotiators from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia plan to meet their Iranian counterparts June 18 and 19 in Moscow. It will mark the third attempt in three months to address international worries that...
24 May 2012
The long-awaited P5+1 talks with Iran took place today in Baghdad, with disappointing results. While the U.S. and its allies called for Iran to stop enriching uranium at 20 percent levels in exchange for delivery of the medical isotopes Iran is creating with the 20 percent enriched uranium and, oddly enough, some spare parts for civilian airliners. Iran rejected this because its first priority going into further negotiations is to avoid...
23 May 2012
In the lead-up to today’s negotiations in Baghdad, Iranian officials have labored to insist that they do not need a nuclear agreement with the international community and that their economy can survive more punishment. But one look at the recent gyrations of Iran’s currency suggests otherwise. The rial tanked early this year after the Barack Obama administration signed a law barring ...
24 Apr 2012
Bijan Khajehpour is the managing partner at Atieh International, the Vienna-based arm of the Atieh Group, a consortium of strategic consulting firms headquartered in Tehran. In this interview, conducted via email while he traveled, Khajehpour analyzes the effects of the latest international economic sanctions brought to bear on Iran, in particular its ejection from SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, and the impending European Union oil embargo. He also advises that...
30 Mar 2012
Iran and its leading oil buyers, China and India, are finding ways to skirt U.S. and European Union financial sanctions on the Islamic republic by agreeing to trade oil for local currencies and goods including wheat, soybean meal and consumer products.
India, the second-biggest importer of Iran’s oil, has set up a rupee account at a state-owned bank to settle as much as much as 45...
21 Mar 2012
Steve Inskeep profiles Bijan Khajehpour, an Iranian exile forced out of his beloved country along with hundreds of other professionals for views that are too moderate.
14 Mar 2012
In the days before the election, Ayatollah Khamenei was concerned with voter turnout. The Supreme Leader urged people to vote in large numbers in order to “smack the face” of Iran’s enemies, a reference to Israel and the United States. He hoped that high numbers would suggest a validating and legitimizing outcome for his government, unlike...
8 Mar 2012
Bijan Khajehpour, managing partner of Atieh International based in Vienna, Austria, assessed the outcomes of Iran’s parliamentary elections that took place on March 2 and the repercussions for the country’s political, economic, and social future.
On March 8, the Middle East Program hosted Khajehpour for a meeting on “Iran after the 2012 Parliamentary Elections.” Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event.
7 Mar 2012
While the United States is gauging the impact of potential European oil sanctions on Iran, the Iranian military remains capable of causing major problems in the Persian Gulf region, panelists said Wednesday during the IHS CERA Week energy conference in Houston.
The government has not yet determined how the world oil supply will be affected, although International Energy Agency figures indicate that enough production exists globally to...
7 Mar 2012
Growing domestic energy demand could put Saudi Arabia in a bind by 2030, caused largely by oil subsidies, an expert told an audience during IHS CERA Week in Houston on Tuesday.
“A lot of this is being driven in the region by the sharp growth in domestic consumption of oil,” Brad Bourland, chief economist for the Jadwa Investment Company, of Saudi Arabia, said during a panel discussion on the Middle East. While Saudi Arabia produces about 10 million barrels of oil per day, it consumes about 2 million barrels a day domestically...
30 Nov 2011
Auf diesen Referenten hatte das Mülheimer Nahostgespräch zwei Jahre warten müssen: Die iranischen Behörden hatten den renommierten Ökonomen Bijan Khajehpour nach den Präsidentschaftswahlen im Juni 2009 monatelang in Haft gehalten und seine Ausweispapiere abgenommen.
22 Nov 2011
Wirtschaftsexperte Bijan Khajehpour erwartet Reformen nach Wahlen im Frühjahr Eine Revolution werde es aber nicht geben. Mit Bijan Khajehpour sprach Julia Raabe.
30 Sep 2011
Six leading Iran experts discussed the country’s domestic and international developments since the contested 2009 presidential elections, looking at how the Iranian regime has managed its internal political, economic, and social affairs as well as its foreign policy.