Articles on Iran

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.

Iran Implementation Day: What it means for Europe? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 18 January 2016

The EU will have an instrumental role, formally and politically, in safeguarding Iran deal after sanctions are lifted

Iran deal Implementation Day: How it works (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 18 January 2016

On 16 January, the IAEA confirmed that Iran hads fully undertaken its nuclear related commitments necessary to begin Implementation Day

West needs a balanced approach in Saudi-Iran escalation (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 05 January 2016

To save Syria talks, West must avoid aligning too closely with either side amidst rising Saudi-Iranian tensions.

When in Rome: Why Iran is prioritising Italy (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 November 2015

Iran is making Italy its top priority trying to build on long-standing Italo-Iranian ties

Europe won't bow to an anti-Iran-deal US Congress (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 01 September 2015

Europeans have learned to take statements by US members of Congress with a grain of salt, particularly on polarizing issues like Iran.