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BBC Persian, July 20, 2019.

“Sanctions, threats and oil: How close is Iran deal to collapsing?” Al Jazeera English, Ted Regencia, July 19, 2019.

  • “To the Iranians, this is a cruel joke. Iran needs and expects tangible sanctions relief in line with what is required by the nuclear deal,” Sina Toossi, of the Washington, DC-based National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said.
  • He added that it is “unlikely” Europe will be able to accomplish what Iran is asking, namely oil purchases and the normalisation of banking ties.
  • “The fact is that European leaders have not shown the political will necessary to assert their independence vis-a-vis the US and forcefully push back against the threat of secondary sanctions,” Toossi said.
  • If Europe fails to deliver in the next few weeks, and Trump piles on more pressure, “Iran will have no recourse but to increase its own pressure, by increasing its nuclear capability,” added Toossi, of NIAC.
  • In the end, the fate of Iran and the entire region lays in the hands of the US president, Toossi argued.
  • “The principal problem is Trump’s disastrous Iran policy, which has needlessly and recklessly put the two countries on a collision course.”

“Will America and Iran’s ‘Drone War’ Turn Into a Real War?” The National Interest, Matthew Petti, July 19, 2019.

  • U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf have a “tacit agreement” with their Iranian counterparts to announce themselves in Persian, said Sina Toossi, research associate at the National Iranian American Council. “I know in the past that some of the incidents where the Revolutionary Guard harasses U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf, this usually is a case of these ships not announcing themselves or not communicating with the Revolutionary Guard, so they harass them until they get that communication.”
  • In a phone call with the National Interest, Toossi said that he does not know whether this is true of the incident involving the USS Boxer, but that this has “generally been the history on these kinds of instances.”
  • “Iran is ready. It is switching to a sort of tit-for-tat strategy,” Toossi had told the National Interest last week. “Over the past year, they were in the nuclear deal. They exercised restraint, trying to negotiate with the Europeans. For the past month, month and a half, we’re seeing these escalations from Iran.”
  • It is, “in some ways, reassuring for this to be the U.S. response, in that it is measured, it is another unmanned drone,” Toossi said. “Iran shot down the U.S. drone, now the U.S. shot down the Iran drone, and hopefully this leads to a scenario where tensions dissipate somewhat as opposed to escalating more.”

“FBI Surveillance Of Iranians After The Downing Of Flight 655,” LobeLog, Paul Gottinger, July 12, 2019.

  • The Trump administration’s most obvious act of institutional discrimination against Iranians is the travel ban, which targets Iranians more than any other group. “Sixty percent of the people affected by the travel ban are Iranians,” Toossi of NIAC said. “Now our families and our loved ones can’t come to see us, there’s countless cases of people’s spouses from Iran who aren’t allowed to come here.”
  • “The goal of Iran Disinfo was to craft a narrative that anyone who is critical of Trump’s Iran policy is illegitimate or connected to Iranian regime and try to push the narrative that Iranian-Americans support Trump’s harsh policy towards Iran,” said Toossi.
  • Toossi stated that NIAC has received reports of Iranian-Americans and Iranians with valid visas facing trouble entering the United States at airports. Just this week, an Iranian volleyball team was detained at Chicago’s O’Hare airport for four hours when they arrived to participate in a Nation’s League Tournament.
  • U.S. banks and technology companies have also been treating Iranian-Americans unfairly by shutting down their accounts. Toossi said, “There are many cases of Iranian Americans banks accounts being closed down, citing vague sanctions reasons when there is no legitimate sanction reason.”
  • The messaging app Slack and the money-transferring app Venmo have closed accounts and blocked transactions that mention the word “Iran,” according to Toossi. “It’s really ridiculous and we’ve had to write letters to these companies,” Toossi continued.
  • “The overall climate of anti-Iran hysteria is really impacting Iranian-Americans in their day-to-day life here in the United States. Whether it’s the fear of war or any of the Trump administration’s other very hostile, aggressive policies towards Iran, many people in the community have become afraid of even speaking out,” Toossi said.

“Are Iran and the United Kingdom on a Collision Course?” The National Interest, Matthew Petti, July 12, 2019.

  • “I’m sure Iran was sending tankers to Syria for a long time. This is the first report that we’ve seen of this kind of tanker intercepted and seized,” said Sina Toossi, research associate at the National Iranian American Council. “This is an escalation. This is something new from the British and personally, I think it’s most likely the British did this on behalf of the Trump administration.”
  • Spain’s acting foreign minister Josep Borrell backed Toossi’s speculation in a statement, contradicting Britain’s insistence that the Grace 1 was seized on the initiative of local authorities.
  • Either way, the seizure looked like a part of the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign to the Iranians, says Toossi. “Iran is engaged in these negotiations with Europe, trying to preserve the nuclear deal,” he told the National Interest. “So, the Iranians are viewing this British action against an Iranian tanker as adding insult to injury.”
  • Citing “statements by the Iranian defense minister and Rouhani,” Toossi speculated that “if Iran did harass or try to seize the British tanker, it would have been a consensus decision approved by the highest levels,” including Rouhani, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenehi, and the National Security Council of Iran.
  • Iran’s goal is probably not to start a shooting war. Instead, they are “switching to a sort of tit-for-tat strategy,” said Toossi. “If the U.S. is trying to prevent Iranian oil exports, Iran is going to take these provocative actions in the Persian Gulf. If the British try to seize an Iranian oil tanker, Iran has ways of retaliating and raising the cost.”
  • “We’re at the cusp of war. It really, really goes back to this needless, reckless decision by Trump to renege on the deal and pursue this maximum pressure campaign, which is failing on all fronts, creating a more unstable situation,” Toossi warned. “This nuclear deal was in place. It was working. Iran’s pathways to the nuclear bomb were eliminated. There was no instability in the Persian Gulf. No instability in Gibraltar, these tankers being taken. The crisis is restarting.”

“Iran Nuclear Tensions,” TRT World, July 8, 2019.

“Episode 141, Edge of the Abyss,” Delete Your Account Podcast, July 7, 2019.

“‘You’ll soon find out’ if US retaliates after Iran shoots down drone, Trump warns,” USA Today, June 20th, 2019.

“Impacto de sanciones a Irán,” VOA Spanish, May 9, 2019.

“DC Direct: Growing Tensions between the US and Iran,” TRT World, May 2019.

“BBC under fire for whitewashing history of Western coup-plotting in Iran,” the Canary, May 8, 2019.

“Sina Toossi on the effects on the sanctions on Iran’s economy,” CGTN, May 2, 2019.

“Islamophobic comments on BBC Persian cause outcry,” Middle East Eye, April 25, 2019.

“‘These Sanctions Amount to Collective Punishment Against the Entire Iranian Population,'” Janine Jackson, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, May 2, 2019.

  • Janine Jackson interviewed Sina Toossi about the Trump administration’s anti-Iran campaign for the April 26, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

“The Zarif Resignation: What Happens Now?” Curt Mills, The National Interest, February 26, 2019.

  • Further confusion was sowed Tuesday by an unofficial, but prominent account insisting that Rouhani had not accepted Zarif’s resignation. That news has many doubters, who still think Zarif likely out. “Rouhani’s official Instagram account that’s verified [and] has over 2 million followers hasn’t posted since Feb 18,” said Sina Toossi of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), an organization in favor of the Iranian nuclear deal. “The account claiming Rouhani’s rejected Zarif’s resignation has ~200k followers [and] simply writes in a single, informal sentence that he’s rejected. Doesn’t seem legit.”

“Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif submits resignation,” Middle East Eye, February 25, 2019.

  • Sina Toossi, research associate at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), also noted the “striking and strange” nature of the announcement on Instagram.
  • He said the use of the popular, uncensored social media platform in Iran may have been a deliberate attempt for the news to reach the public directly.
  • “It could be a kind of calculated play where Zarif is submitting his resignation in a public way on Instagram… If Rouhani does not accept his resignation, if indeed he does not resign, he could come back empowered,” Toossi told MEE.
  • “He offered his resignation; there was a huge outcry. He could come back stronger in his position.”
  • But if the foreign minister’s resignation is accepted, Toossi said, it would be a major shift in the domestic balance of power away from the “moderate, pragmatic, reformist faction that Zarif embodies, especially on foreign policy”.
  • Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, echoed Toossi’s comments on the Instagram announcement.

“Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif abruptly resigns,” Deutsche Welle, February 25, 2019.

  • “In the recent past, other government ministers have resigned only for Rouhani to reject their resignation — compelling them to stay onboard,” Sina Toossi, a research associate at the National Iranian American Council, told DW. “If Rouhani were to reject Zarif’s resignation, he could return with renewed legitimacy and decision-making power.”
  • On the other hand, “if Zarif’s resignation materializes, the balance of power in Tehran will shift substantially further to the favor of hard-liners,” he added.
  • Hard-line elements “do not place value in an engagement track with Europe and wish to pursue a tit for tat strategy against the United States,” Toossi said.
  • “If hard-liners attain even greater influence, it is likely Iran will take steps to expand its nuclear program in violation of the nuclear deal — in order to boost its bargaining chip vis-a-vis potential future negotiations,” he said.
  • If hard-liners gain greater control in Iran, the Trump administration may get what it has sought to achieve, “for Iran to be led by radical forces that make engagement difficult and validate calls for sanctions and military action,” Toossi said.

“Is Trump baiting Iran into an armed confrontation?” Ted Regencia, Al Jazeera English, January 28, 2019.

  • Sina Toossi, a Washington, DC-based security and nuclear policy analyst, said the Trump administration’s Iran policy now “seems firmly under the control of hardliners” such as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, both of whom had previously advocated regime change in Iran.
  • “Even if Trump does not desire further military entanglements in the Middle East, Pompeo and Bolton appear to be edging the US towards military confrontation,” said Toossi, research associate with the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), which advocates diplomacy with Iran.
  • “Already Pompeo is suggesting that a ‘regional conflict’ is inevitable if the world fails to latch onto the White House’s Iran strategy,” he told Al Jazeera.
  • But if Pompeo and Bolton succeed “in baiting Iran” into leaving the 2015 deal, it is likely the neo-conservative establishment will replay the Iraq war playbook and “begin pushing for a military attack under the pretext of stopping the Iranian nuclear programme”, Toossi said.
  • However, Toossi, the Iranian American analyst, warned the current “aggressive rhetoric of Trump” and the absence of communication and deconfliction channels between Washington and Tehran “creates a high risk of miscalculation and conflict”.
  • “The spark for a massive military conflict could come from multiple directions, whether a clash in contested [Gulf] waterways, US efforts to remove Iranian influence in Syria, or Iranian retaliation for perceived foreign support for terror within Iranian borders,” said Toossi.

“Pompeo’s Cairo speech panned as ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘hyper-partisan,’ ‘offensive,'” Laura Rozen, Al Monitor, January 10, 2019.

  • “Double down on supporting a host of despotic regimes, blame all regional ills on Iran, turn back on democratic aspirations of people across the region,” said Sina Toosi, a research associate at the National Iranian American Council, in providing his summary of Pompeo’s speech on Twitter.

“The Senate Vote Was About Saudi Arabia, But Some Hope It Also Sends A Message About Iran,” Emily Tamkin, Buzzfeed News, December 14, 2018.

  • Sina Toossi, a research associate at the National Iranian American Council, said the prohibition of Iranians from entering the US is particularly worrisome since Iranians wanting to flee their country are among the nationalities most affected by the Trump administration’s move to limit travel to the US. Iran is one of six countries whose nationals are blocked from entering the US.
  • “I see widespread anxieties [about policy] against Iran and how it’s affecting our relatives back home,” he said. “Our relatives can’t come to visit us here, not even our grandparents.”
  • Toossi also believes the administration is preparing for war. Of the 12 demands administration officials have made toward Iran, he said, “They’re these maximalist, untenable demands. The signal to Iranians is going to be regime collapse or war. It’s a regime change agenda.”
  • But others see the two policies as interconnected. Trump himself has linked them, Toossi said, noting that Trump has said he needs Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in particular, in his pressure campaign against Iran.

“Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Free Speech Warrior?” Matthew Petti, Reason, October 9, 2018.

  • The tweets are meant to establish “a reputation as an anti-imperialist supporter of the ‘oppressed’ globally,” says Sina Toossi, a researcher at the National Iranian-American Council..
  • “In the past year, Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric and actions have become sharply more critical of the entire ruling system,” Toossi says. “He has called for President Hassan Rouhani’s resignation, voiced support for a referendum, and publicly released critical letters to [Iranian religious leader] Ayatollah Khamenei.”
  • Ahmadinejad frequently complains online about the courts’ treatment of Mashaei, Javanfekr, and former Vice President Hamid Baghaei, who was jailed in December 2017 for corruption. In a different September video partially translated into English by Toossi, he said that the head of military intelligence has “no balance, everyone knew this, all the country’s officials know what he’s done.”
  • Toossi contrasts Ahmadinejad’s “relative freedom” with the case of Reformist former president Mohammad Khatami, who is banned from speaking to the media. Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, Ahmadinejad’s main opponents in the 2009 elections, were also put under house arrest without trial in 2011.
  • Ahmadinejad was first elected in 2005 on a platform of expanded welfare programs, conservative social policies, ambitious public works projects, and an aggressive foreign policy. According to Toossi, the Ahmadinejad campaign “promoted populist notions of him combating a criminal elite.”
  • He may even have turned his repression against Ahmadinejad. On September 30, the former president was slated to give an interview to the documentary filmmaker Hossein Dehbashi when Dehbashi suddenly claimed that the interview had been “suspended” by the Ministry of Intelligence, which is controlled by the President. Dehbashi, who worked for the Rouhani campaign in 2013, is “known for his hard-hitting interviews, where he touches on controversial or taboo subjects,” says Toossi.
  • Toossi says that Ahmadinejad “is seemingly attempting to co-opt widespread economic and political grievances and…position himself as an opposition leader.”

BBC News, “The World Tonight,” September 27, 2018. (35th minute mark).

BBC One, “Up All Night,” September 27th, 2018.) (1 hour, 12minute mark).

“Will Donald Trump Go After Iran (w/ Guest Sina Toossi).” Thom Hartmann Program, September 27th, 2018.

“Trump Iran sanctions spur rug business to leave SF’s Mission — and the United States,” Julian Mark, Mission Local, August 24, 2018.

  • “The new sanctions Trump reimposed directly affected the import of rugs and pistachios,” said Sina Toossi, a research fellow with the National Iranian Council in Washington, D.C. “These two industries have been hit by the new sanctions.”
  • Toossi said, however, that the two industries are relatively small, and, in the three years since the sanctions were lifted with the signing of the Nuclear Deal, the Iranian rug and/or pistachio industry did not have time to completely take off in the United States.
  • “In terms of broader trends of these business closing down, it’s going to be limited to the niche industries of pistachios and carpets,” Toossi said. “There wasn’t that much trade between U.S. and Iran before the deal, and that didn’t change much after the deal.”

“Iran-Iraq War, 30 Years Later: From Foes to Allies With U.S. in Between,” Tom O’Connor, Newsweek, August 20, 2018.

  • The dynamics between Iran and Iraq far predate the current equation, however. As National Iranian American Council research associate Sina Toossi told Newsweek, “the two neighbors have been bound by deep cultural, commercial and religious ties for centuries.”
  • “After Iraq’s 1958 revolution the Iraqi leader, General Abd al-Karim Qasim, declared that Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan and the Shatt al-Arab river (which Iranians refer to as Arvand Rud) belonged to Iraq,” Toossi said. “This laid the groundwork for escalating tensions between the two sides, and formed the pretext for Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran in 1980.”
  • “Given the turbulent state of Iraqi-Iranian relations from 1958 to 2003, Iran has a vested interest in Iraq’s political structure remaining friendly,” Toossi said.

“Iran’s Mossadegh ‘would have negotiated with Donald Trump,'” Ted Regencia, Al Jazeera English, August 18, 2018.

  • Meanwhile, Sina Toossi, research associate at the Washington, DC-based National Iranian-American Council, said that the main lesson the US can draw from the 1953 coup is that “intervention in the internal affairs of other countries can lead to unpredictable consequences and severe blowback”.
  • “The effect was to radicalize the Iranian population in an anti-American direction, create fertile ground for the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic movement and the 1979 Revolution,” he told Al Jazeera.
  • Today, the US approach to Iran similarly lacks foresight, he said, pointing to the Trump administration’s policy, which he said is hurting ordinary Iranians.
  • “The effect of such policies weakens Iran’s fragile civil society, empowers hardliners at the expense of pragmatic and moderate political leaders, and diminishes chances for peaceful democratic evolution in Iran,” Toossi said.

“Pompeo forms Iran Action Group for post-nuclear deal policy,” Al Jazeera English, August 16, 2018.

  • Sina Toossi, a research analyst at the Washington-based National Iranian American Council (NIAC), said appointing Hook to head the new policy initiative puts the US “on the path to war with Iran”.
  • “Nonetheless, Hook stands to play an instrumental role in facilitating US-Iran diplomacy if President Trump follows through on his call for negotiations,” Toossi told Al Jazeera.
  • In late July, Trump, who has repeatedly criticised Iran’s leaders, said he is willing to meet with them with no preconditions – even though Pompeo later walked back some of the president’s comments
  • Toossi said that if the Trump administration was sincere in pursuing talks, it should “reverse course” on its decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal.

BBC Scotland (8-minute mark), August 7, 2018.

  • Interview with BBC Scotland on the Trump’s administration’s reinstated Iran sanctions.

“Sanctions Reimposed: Trump Administration Continues Ferocious Tack On Iran,” Curt Mills, The National Interest, August 6, 2018.

  • There are “reports in Israeli media that Trump [and] Rouhani may hold a meeting during September [United Nations General Assembly],” notes Sina Toossi of the National Iranian American Council. He further reports that “Kuwaiti Al Jarida—widely believed to be used by Israel to disseminate info to regional countries—says Trump has accepted seven Iranian conditions for bilateral negotiations.” Toossi argues, however: “Context of these reports is . . . Israel has track record of vehemently opposing US-Iran diplomacy/improvement of relations & of sabotaging such efforts.”

“Why Iran’s leaders don’t want to meet with President Trump,” Talk Media News, July 31, 2018.

  • Interview with Talk Media News on “Why Iran’s leaders don’t want to meet with President Trump.”

“What’s in store for Iran as the US readies sanctions?” Al Jazeera English The Stream, July 10, 2018.

  • Video comment to AJ Stream on the Trump administration’s reinstatement of Iran sanctions.

“Iran and Saudi Arabia ‘unlikely’ to pivot back to diplomacy,” Ted Regencia, Al Jazeera English, April 19, 2018.

  • “Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have reached such a point that prospects for dialogue, much less a diplomatic breakthrough, are extremely dim,” says Sina Toossi, an Iran expert at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
  • Toossi says the rhetoric of the Saudi leadership, including MBS and Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign minister, “reflects a zero-sum view of Iran and its regional role”.
  • “Saudi leaders feel they are the last Arab country standing in the way of total Iranian regional dominance. Thus, they believe any engagement will be tantamount to acquiescence of Iran’s regional status and role,” Toossi told Al Jazeera.He said efforts by Iran’s President Rouhani and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, to reach out to Riyadh have been rebuffed.
  • He said efforts by Iran’s President Rouhani and his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, to reach out to Riyadh have been rebuffed.
  • Toossi says the Iranian public remain “strongly supportive” of diplomacy, pointing to Rouhani’s re-election in 2017 as indicative of popular support of his pragmatic foreign policy.
  • Toossi, of Princeton University, cautions that Trump’s threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal could further draw a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  • “A US withdrawal will greatly diminish chances for regional dialogue and cooperation and will increase Iranian opposition to US interests in the region,” he said.

“Trump Bombed Syria One Year Ago, Where Do We Go Now And Why Can’t The U.S. Win?” Tom O’Connor, Newsweek, April 6, 2018.

  • Sina Toossi, a researcher at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, agreed U.S. options in Syria had become severely limited. He boiled the choice down to departing and claiming victory over ISIS or remaining to challenge Assad, Russia and Iran—the latter being the preferred option of U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, which share with the U.S. a distrust for Iran’s growing influence in the region.
  • “Such a scenario would require increased dependence on Kurdish forces, which will further deteriorate U.S.-Turkish relations. Ankara has already directly militarily engaged the Syrian Democratic Forces in Afrin. If the U.S. doubles down on supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces at this stage it will likely push Turkey into an alliance with Russia and Iran—putting the U.S. on hostile terms with all the outside powers that carry influence in Syria,” Toossi told Newsweek.
  • “This option is also further complicated by the fact that the Syrian Kurds have already indicated they seek some modus vivendi with the Syrian regime. The Syrian Democratic Forces’ hold on Arab territory such as Raqqa is tenuous, and they have already solicited support from Syrian government forces in Afrin. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime’s march to victory continues unabated and is seemingly irreversible unless there is a massive U.S. military intervention,” Toossi said.
  • “Trump has not had a coherent Syria policy, and it remains to be seen what his administration will do,” he added. “But the direction of developments on Syria give a weaker case to those arguing for the US to continue its military intervention in the country.”
“Avec Mike Pompeo, un durcissement de la diplomatie US en perspective,” Samia Medawar, L’Orient Le Jour, March 14, 2018.
  • Dans une tribune publiée en juillet 2015 pour Fox News, alors qu’il était encore membre du Congrès, Pompeo a déclaré que le Congrès doit agir pour changer le comportement iranien et, finalement, le régime iranien », rappelle à L’Orient-Le Jour Sina Toossi, chercheur à l’université de Princeton et spécialiste de l’Iran. « Pompeo a des liens étroits avec la Fondation néoconservatrice pour la défense de démocraties (FDD), un groupe de réflexion qui a joué un rôle de premier plan dans l’opposition à l’accord de l’Iran à Washington », ajoute le chercheur.« La soudaine nomination de Pompeo au département d’État met en mouvement les pourparlers E3-US en cours sur l’accord avec l’Iran et augmente considérablement la probabilité que Trump ne renouvelle pas les sanctions contre Téhéran en mai, retirant ainsi les États-Unis de l’accord », estime M. Toossi. Une éventualité encore improbable pour l’instant, préfère avancer une source diplomatique anonyme, selon laquelle « Trump va maintenir la pression, sans toutefois aller jusqu’à résilier l’accord, une décision que contesterait une grande partie de l’establishment ».« Le New York Times a rapporté la semaine dernière que Mohammad ben Zayed, prince héritier d’Abou Dhabi, mais aussi mentor de MBS, a fait pression sur l’administration Trump pour qu’elle licencie Tillerson », souligne Sina Toossi, qui rappelle dans la foulée « la fuite de courriels qui a révélé l’année dernière une étroite coordination entre la FDD et les Émirats, en particulier leur ambassadeur aux Etats-Unis, Youssef al-Otaiba ». Pour le chercheur, les liens étroits de Pompeo avec la FDD suggèrent qu’Abou Dhabi et Riyad ne sont pas seulement satisfaits de cette décision, mais préfèrent que Pompeo remplace Tillerson et « s’attendent à ce qu’il suive des politiques plus conformes à leurs souhaits ».

“L’Europe veut jouer les médiateurs entre Téhéran et Washington,” Philippe Pernot, L’Orient Le Jour, October 14, 2017.

  • “Mais peuvent-ils s’opposer aux sanctions unilatérales américaines ? « Ils en ont la possibilité et l’ont déjà utilisée de par le passé, même s’il est peu probable qu’on en arrive là », analyse Sina Toosi, chercheur émérite au Programme pour les sciences et la sécurité internationale à l’université de Princeton. Entre 1996 et 2001, face à des sanctions américaines en Libye et en Iran, qui menaçaient des entreprises européennes, l’UE avait menacé de saisir l’Organisation mondiale du commerce. Les États-Unis avaient alors reculé et trouvé un compromis qui épargnait les intérêts économiques du Vieux Continent.””« L’UE va utiliser ses bonnes relations avec le gouvernement Rohani pour demander à l’Iran de réagir de manière modérée, comme cela a été le cas ces dernières semaines », analyse Sina Toosi.””Sina Toosi confirme l’importance de la position européenne. Selon lui, l’Europe « devient de plus en plus sûre d’elle », alors que le fossé qui sépare le Vieux Continent du Nouveau se creuse, sur des sujets tels que le climat.”

“This Is Trump’s Moment of Truth on the Iran Deal,” Curt Mills, The National Interest, October 13, 2017.

  • “Sina Toossi, an Iran researcher at Princeton, observes, ‘One major issue Iran has had since the JCPOA is that major international banks have remained hesitant to finance the big (multi-billion dollar) trade deals Iran is reaching, largely due to fear of potential new sanctions,’ he tells me. ‘This has meant that sanctions relief hasn’t had nearly the impact that the Iranian public or [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani expected. This new approach by Trump greatly exacerbates this problem.'”

“Iran Hardliners Are Lining Up Behind The Bolton Plan to Leave the Deal,” Curt Mills, The National Interest, September 25, 2017.

  • “The overlap between Gaffney and Bannon on Iran ‘serves as further evidence of the role that anti-Islamic animus plays in in guiding the opposition of Bannon and others to the Iran deal,’ says Sina Toossi, a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. ‘Gaffney’s status as one of America’s leading Islamophobes dovetails with Bannon’s views of a civilizational conflict between the West and Islam.’ This ‘will position the United States for more destructive entanglement in the Middle East—precisely the opposite of President Trump’s campaign promises.'”

Al Jazeera English’s Listening Post program, August 15th, 2015.

  • Answered a question about how the mainstream U.S. media was portraying the Iran nuclear deal.

WMNF 88.5 FM, Radioactivity: Live Call-In, June 12, 2015

Scott Horton Show, Discussion on Incoming Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, February 6, 2015.