Articles on Iran

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.

A Westphalia moment at Geneva? (Commentary)

Fatima Ayub - 13 November 2013

The most problematic component of political and strategic competition in the MENA region has been the cultivation and manipulation of sectarian agendas. The Geneva meetings over Iran's nuclear programme, however, may prove to be the beginning of the end to the region’s most troublesome conflict.

French resistance to a deal with Iran: un petit problème? (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 11 November 2013

Fingers are pointing to the French for stalling a joint statement between the E3+3 and Iran over its nuclear programme. But there's still room to remain positive about the pace at which diplomacy can come to fruition in these talks.

Assessing the talks with Iran: a step towards pragmatism (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 22 October 2013

There has been consensus amongst the negotiators that the discussions had been positively led by Iran in a very different manner than previous talks. The key message from these rounds of talks is that the Iranian team provided details for their proposal rather than a vague or impractical framework.

On Iran, Obama’s bigger challenge is with his allies (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 21 October 2013

There is a tantalising prospect that the Iranian regime could become a partner to the US, rather than a rival. But when it comes to the Middle East, Obama’s thorniest problems come not from his enemies, but from his friends.

Syria: the view from Iran (Commentary)

Jubin Goodarzi - 15 June 2013

Seven takeaways from the Gaza ceasefire (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 23 November 2012

Did Israel's "Operation Pillar of Defense" change the politics of the Middle East? Who are the winners and losers of the Gaza conflict - and what's next after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire?