Articles on Iran

Do not expect a rush of arms sales to Iran (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 October 2020

A broad range of political and financial problems are likely to prevent Iran from importing advanced weapons systems in the coming years.

Europe can preserve the Iran nuclear deal until November (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Elisa Catalano Ewers - 20 August 2020

After a humiliating defeat at the UN Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what is left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the US election.

Russia showed Turkey and China how to bully the EU (Commentary)

Nicu Popescu - 17 July 2020

The more meekly the EU handles other powers’ aggressive tactics, the more they will be tempted to imitate each other in novel ways to ignore, challenge, and openly attack European interests.

A pragmatic partnership: Why China and Iran try to collaborate (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 17 July 2020

Iran’s rumoured talks with China on a partnership agreement could have significant economic benefits and provide it with valuable geopolitical bargaining chips.

Time for a reset: Iraq’s new prime minister and the US-Iran rivalry (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 11 May 2020

Iraq needs to reset its relations with both Tehran and Washington in a way that protects Iraqi sovereignty and allows the central government to reassert control over the security apparatus.

How Europe can avert a clash over the Iran arms embargo (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 29 April 2020

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom will have to decide whether to support the US cause to extend the UN embargo or oppose it. But neither option is ideal.

How Europe can help Iran fight covid-19 (Commentary)

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 April 2020

European governments and the EU should press the US to strengthen the humanitarian exemptions in its Iran sanctions.

Iraq, Iran, and the spectre of US sanctions (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad & Ellie Geranmayeh - 18 March 2020

European governments must seek to dissuade the US from using Iraq as a new battlefield in its struggle with Iran. 

Reformists are dispirited and hard-liners resurgent ahead of Iran’s election (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 11 February 2020

Some elected officials in Tehran are concerned that the security forces are gaining too much control over the political decision-making process. But reformists have been stymied by missteps of their own, as well as by US policy.