Articles on Iran

Saudi Arabia: Bold moves or brinksmanship? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 22 November 2017

Mohammad bin Salman is engaged in a risky bid to remake Saudi Arabia at the same time as rebalancing power regionally.

What if Trump decertifies the Iran deal? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 October 2017

European countries must coordinate a vigorous response to prevent Trump from derailing the nuclear accord.

Europe must combat Trumpization of Middle East (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 June 2017

Europeans should provide President Trump with a more sober assessment of the causes of the region’s crises and support de-escalation initiatives before things spiral out of control.

Europe should act fast to preserve the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 03 February 2017

As Tehran and Washington are relapsing into the rhetoric of war and conflict, Europe should focus on minimizing confrontation between them.

Iran’s evolutionary road to reform (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 17 August 2016

Reformists leaders have disappointed hopes for change before. Yet Hassan Rouhani benefits from a unique opportunity.

Is the Iran-Saudi cold war heating up? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 29 July 2016

Each must do more to avoid interfering in the other’s domestic secu

Khamenei on negotiations with US (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 10 June 2016

 Although the nuclear negotiations have taken Iran-US bilateral relations to unprecedented levels, the animosity persists. Almost a year after signing the nuclear deal, there has been little meaningful movement either from Iran or the West to maximize the potential of this opening. 

Rouhani’s Post-Election Openings and Challenges (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 07 March 2016

The latest developments are a clear indication that those who voted Rouhani into power continue to support this bid, even if they are dissatisfied with the pace of meaningful change.

Iran’s elections: a bid to dilute hardliners (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 23 February 2016

What has emerged in the run-up to the elections is an alignment between the reformists, centrists and some moderate conservatives to push back against a major victory by hardliners who were empowered under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.