Articles on Iran

Soleimani strike: Loosening future restraints on military action? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 07 January 2020

The drone strike against Soleimani marks a novel shift in targeted killing, dangerous to the global order.

Crisis in Iran will drive wedge between Europe and Washington (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 January 2020

The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is a turning point for relations between the United States and Iran. It also pulls U.S. allies in Europe deeper into uncharted waters, and threatens to leave European forces on the ground caught in the crossfire of escalation between Tehran and Washington.

What a Corbyn government could mean for the Middle East (Commentary)

Tim Springett - 10 December 2019

Dramatic shifts are on the horizon for British policy on Israel-Palestine and Saudi Arabia, should Corbyn win power this week.

After the Iran protests: How Europe can keep diplomacy alive (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 10 December 2019

Washington will use the recent unrest to argue against Europe engaging with Tehran. Europeans, led by Emmanuel Macron, must lead the efforts for détente.

The indispensable mediator: Europe’s role in the US-Iran dispute (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 20 September 2019

With the intense escalation between Iran and the US, and the potential for French mediation efforts to unravel, Europe must think carefully about its next move

Will the Iran conflict break the West? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 August 2019

After months of both the United States and Iran taking a harder line against each other, Europe finds itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. If Iran pursues further brinkmanship in response to US provocation, European Union member states may decide they have no choice but to embrace the Trump administration’s containment strategy.

 
 

Prime mover: Johnson and the UK-Iran crisis (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 24 July 2019

Boris Johnson's first foreign policy test will be avoiding stumbling the UK into a broader confrontation with Iran.

How Europe can save what’s left of the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 July 2019

With the help of Russia and China, European leaders can prevent the total collapse of the 2015 agreement—and keep the region safe

60 days to save the JCPOA (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 May 2019

Europe and Iran both want to save the nuclear deal. But each side needs to fully understand the other’s point of view if they are to avoid dangerous miscalculations

Open letter: The US and the Iran Nuclear Deal (Commentary)

- 09 May 2019

A European Joint Call on the US to Reconsider its Approach to the JCPOA. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it.