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Barbara Slavin
Barbara Slavin

Barbara Slavin

Director, The Future of Iran Initiative, The Atlantic Council

Barbara Slavin is the director of the Future of Iran Initiative and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. The author of "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation," she is a regular commentator on U.S. foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. Previously, Slavin served as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Slavin is a career journalist, and currently writes as a columnist for, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. 

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A capsule review of Barbara Slavin's "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies; Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation." 
Friday, November 30, 2007

"CGTN's John Terrett spoke with Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, Barbara Slavin about the latest developments in the Iran nuclear deal and whether it can be salvaged."

Friday, June 28, 2019

"The president thinks he's getting tough on the mullahs when he's really just causing ordinary people to suffer."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

"On May 2, 2019, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C. hosted a discussion titled, “Trump’s Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran.” Kılıç Kanat, Research Director at SETA DC was the moderator of this discussion. Panelists included Mike Doran, the Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, Kadir Ustun, Executive Director at SETA DC, and Ali Vaez, Iran Project Director at International Crisis Group."

Thursday, May 2, 2019

"They think they can pressure Tehran to collapse a la the USSR. That's nonsense."

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"In quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Donald Trump may have thought he could now subject Iran to “extreme pressure” from resumed U.S. secondary sanctions. But the outraged response of countries ordered to wind down their commerce with Iran within the next six months suggests that the U.S. sanctions weapon could become a boomerang."

Saturday, May 12, 2018

"For analysis of the Trump administration's designation of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke wtih Barbara Slavin. She directs the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and is also a columnist for Al-Monitor."

Monday, April 8, 2019

"It started with the Iraq War, which enlarged Iran's regional power."

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"Between the strictest U.S. sanctions in history and accusations that Iran attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, tensions between the two countries are their worst in 40 years, says Barbara Slavin, director of the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative. She joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how Iran is responding to the mounting pressure."

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

"Confirmation that dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul comes at an extremely awkward moment for the Donald Trump administration’s escalating economic and information war against Saudi rival Iran."

Monday, October 22, 2018

"The Trump administration has announced that it will retain a small contingent of troops in Syria — enough to deal with the remnants of the Islamic State but not to dictate the country’s future or even safeguard the Kurds. If the U.S. has a diplomatic endgame and a means to achieve it, it is keeping the details to itself. So for now, Russia is in the lead."

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Trump has expressed admiration for Putin, ignorance of Russian aggression in Ukraine and misgivings about the value and continued relevance of the NATO alliance. Clinton is far from perfect and there are legitimate fears that if elected, she will fail to restrain her inner hawk. But she would continue the tradition of strong U.S. engagement in the world and stand up to bullies like Erdogan and Putin. She will only get that chance if she defeats another bully named Trump."

Tuesday, November 1, 2016