Articles on Iran

Iran nuclear talks extension: Not ideal, but not defeat (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 25 November 2014

Although the timing of the extension exposes the diplomatic process to unwanted risks, there is still hope for resolving Iran's nuclear deal.

Prospects for the Iranian nuclear talks (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 November 2014

While the new potential role of Russia boosts​ the chances of a final nuclear deal with Iran, gaps over sanctions relief continue to place doubts over whether this month's deadline can be met.

The Cameron-Rouhani meeting: what comes next? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 26 September 2014

The historic meeting adds to the general mood of Western détente with Iran.

Iran is not making a U-turn in Iraq (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 20 August 2014

Switching support from Maliki to Abadi does not represent a real policy change for Iran.

Nuclear talks with Iran – no summer lull for negotiators (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 21 July 2014

The toughest hurdles in this marathon diplomacy track have only just been encountered.

Decline of US influence means Iran and Saudi Arabia may just have to get along — eventually (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 27 June 2014

America’s hegemony in the Middle East and in global affairs is giving way to a multipolar order.

Iraq, forge of the 21st century (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 June 2014

Bush gave Saddam a kicking, but left Iran to rule over a region infested with terrorists.

Russian roulette over Iran nuclear deal? Not yet. (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 01 April 2014

Europe should keep a firewall between nuclear talks with Iran and the standoff over Ukraine with Russia.

Boost the momentum with Iran - don't slow it down (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 February 2014

The next few months will present some of the biggest, and at times unexpected, challenges for those advocating a political solution addressing Iran’s nuclear programme. 

Third time lucky in Geneva (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 25 November 2013

The E3+3 and Iran met for a third time in Geneva to sign an interim agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. While not perfect, the deal is a springboard for future negotiations and sets a solid foundation for talks between the E3+3 and Iran to continue.