Iran

جمهوری اسلامی ايران

With the Middle East ablaze, new opportunities have emerged for regional cooperation. In fact, partnerships have formed in the most unlikely of places, as Israel and some of its Ar...(full article)

On January 11, 2016, Iran's official media confirmed the state had filled the Arak nuclear reactor core with concrete. In short: Iran has killed its flagship nuclear site and its n...(full article)

During the debate about the Iran nuclear deal, President Obama famously said that the pact was an opportunity for Tehran “to get right with the world.”...(full article)

This is not your grandfather's Middle East....(full article)

Behind the headlines announcing big business contracts with European companies it is becoming increasingly clear that, so far, the only deals being struck have been with the state-...(full article)

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Far from Headlines, Iran Keeps Humiliating Sailors - David French, NRO

For the Iranians, their public humiliation of the U.S. is the gift that keeps on giving. Public award ceremonies and threats of releasing additional footage (or information on Amer...

America's Awkward Iran Dance - Aaron David Miller, CNN

Iran's hard-line leadership never really saw the nuclear agreement as a threat to the regime's authoritarian and ideological character, but rather as a way to consolidate its power...

An Italian-Iranian Hall of Mirrors - Roger Cohen, New York Times

As a consequence of Boxgate, Italy has suffered ridicule. Nothing is worse than ridicule. Here it is merited. Not so much, I would argue, for Italy’s clumsy attempt at courte...

Can Iran Get Out of Its Own Way? - Reza Marashi, The National Interest

Despite having the strategic vision to become an economic and technological power for over a decade, geopolitical conflict and domestic mismanagement have prevented Iran from follo...

Will Iran Deal Mean More Money for Hamas? - Ahmad Abu Amer, ALM

Now that sanctions have been lifted against Iran, Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza are waiting to see if Iran will restore or perhaps increase its military and financial sup...

Why Iran's Leader Questions the Holocaust - Meir Javedanfar, Mideast Eye

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is bringing up the issue of the Holocaust – again. On Wednesday, as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a video...

The West Forgets the Jews and Embraces Iran - J. Tobin, Commentary

After nearly ten years in office, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was finally defeated last November by Justin Trudeau. The election was largely decided on domestic issues a...

A New Dawn for Iranian Oil and Gas - Shaheer & Tamim Momeni, Diplomat

Sanctions relief will breathe fresh air into Iran’s dilapidated oil and gas industry....

Italy Kowtows to Iran for Cash - George Weigel, National Review

The tender-minded will, I suppose, suggest that Renzi’s surrender to the aesthetic and culinary mores of the seventh-century Arabian peninsula were gestures of respect for di...

Rouhani's Visit to Europe - Jerusalem Post

Europeans tripping over themselves to sign lucrative deals with Iran is painful to watch. Doing it on International Holocaust Remembrance Day can shake one’s faith in humanit...

The New Hegemon in the Middle East - L. Todd Wood, RealClearWorld

There's a new sheriff in town in the Middle East - and it's not the United States of America, who just spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of soldiers in two different wa...

Iran Humbles the West - Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

Europe and the U.S. bow and scrape to ascendant Iran....

The Art of Doing Business with Iran - Suzanne Maloney, Brookings

If you want to understand what drove the intense opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran in certain quarters of the American political establishment, as well as across the broader...

Iran's Wild European Shopping Spree - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Iranian President Rouhani is leading a massive commercial mission to Rome and Paris this week....

Italy Really Really Wants Iran's Business - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

Rouhani arrived in Rome Monday, and on Tuesday Prime Minister Matteo Renzi went so far as to ensure nude statues in Rome’s famous Capitoline Museums were covered with white c...

Iran Is Now a Great Power - Walter Mead & Harry Cohen, American Interest

The most dramatic development in 2015 was that Iran catapulted into the ranks of the great powers, expanding their number to eight. Iran and Saudi Arabia are now engaged in a zero ...

Iran Is Back in Business - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Ostracized as a pariah for almost four decades, Iran is back in business in a mere ten days—and with both East and West. On Saturday, the Islamic Republic welcomed Chinese Pr...

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran Polls - Ottolenghi & Ghasseminejad, FDD

If the Rouhani camp wins a parliamentary majority and increases its presence in the Assembly of Experts, it stands a chance to shape a relatively more pragmatic course for Iran &nd...

Is Iran a Country or a Cause? - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

Note to Americans: A lot of this isn't about us. It's about them. Just as in any other country — even ours — foreign policy is often a continuation of politics by other...

Pipeline Politics Return to Prominence - Max Hess, Registan

Although 2016 is increasingly likely to be a year of low energy prices, at least in the South Caucasus it will also mark a return to energy politics....

Appeasing Iran Hurts Us in Iraq - Max Boot & Michael Pregent, Wash. Post

The United States has become dependent on Iran not just in carrying out the nuclear deal that will form the core of Obama’s foreign policy legacy. It is also dependent on Ira...

While the West Snubbed Iran, China Moved In - T. Erdbrink, NY Times

In Tehran, the Chinese have been involved in the construction of a huge elevated expressway and the building of the Niayesh Tunnel, which at more than three and a half miles will b...

Is Iran the Next Dubai? - Clive Irving, Daily Beast

While the country was an international pariah, an Arab state saw and seized a prize that could have been theirs for the taking: crossroads of international aviation....

Who Is the Fourth American Prisoner Freed by Iran? - IranWire

“Yes, he left Iran.” This was the sentence we have been waiting for for the last seven days, in order to bring you this story. Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, also known as Farz...

Are Shiites Divided over Saudi Arabia? - Ali Mamouri, Al-Monitor

Over the years, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq have encouraged Shiites to take opposing approaches toward Sunnis, with ram...

The Man Behind Iran's Most Famous Tower - Rozita Riazati, BBC News

For 45 years, Iran's most famous modern monument, the Azadi (Freedom) Tower in Tehran, has been the backdrop to every major news story coming out of the country. A plaza for celeb...

No, Iran Is Not 'Opening Up' - Anne Applebaum, Washington Post

Any ruling clique that fears popular revolt will always, at the end of the day, tailor its foreign policy to the goal of keeping itself in power. Right now, Rouhani and his foreign...

Only Gulf Countries Can Deliver Stable Region - Hassan Hassan, National

If Iran has the power to destabilise the region, only the Gulf states have the power to stabilise it. The concern should remain about what to do about Iran to prevent it from playi...

Prisoner Swap Isn't Worth an Argument - Charles Krauthammer, WaPo

In 1938, the morning after Munich, Europe woke up to Germany as the continent’s dominant power. Last Sunday, the Middle East woke up to Iran as the regional hegemon, with a h...

The Strange Decline of Iranian Film - Masoud Lavasani, Al-Monitor

Censorship and neglect are contributing to the decline of Iran's flagship Fajr Film Festival....

Why Iran Needs More Airplanes - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Post-sanctions Iran will likely lean heavily on the lure of tourism to its many historical sites and cities to help pump much-needed cash into the country's struggling economy. But...

Is This Iran's China Moment? - Patrick Buchanan, American Conservative

From his actions, he appears to have blessed Iran’s taking the same road on which Deng Xiaoping set out some four decades ago....

Iran's New and Dangerous Moment - Dov Zakheim, The National Interest

What will the mullahs do with their newfound cornucopia? Apologists for what they invariably call "the Islamic Republic" (there are actually other states whose official names inclu...

Iran's Hardliners Will Block Economic Reform - A. Bagherpour, Guardian

The release of $100bn in frozen assets will help the Iranian economy grow, but also leave it with less incentive to reform. The supreme leader is unlikely to allow for anything but...

Can Iran Change? - Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, New York Times

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — THE world is watching Iran for signs of change, hoping it will evolve from a rogue revolutionary state into a respectable member of the international commu...

Iran: Change We Can't Believe In - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

The disqualifications are a blow to President Barack Obama and European leaders who had hoped the accord would benefit Iran's moderate (by comparison) president. Much of U.S. strat...

Turkey Needs to Reset Its Relations With Israel - R. Cutler, National Post

Israel might sell gas to Turkey but would be unlikely to rely on Turkey for gas transit to Europe. Turkey’s “ship of state” is being tossed on the seas of social,...

Why We Fight About Iran - Max Fisher, Vox

We've rarely admitted it, but the debate in the United States over the Iran nuclear deal, which formally began this Saturday as the world lifted many sanctions on Iran, was never r...

Rezaian's Agenda Undercut Journalism - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent unjustly imprisoned in Iran, is now free as part of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s scheme...

Why Sudan Wants to Stop the 'Spread of Shiism' - Al-Monitor

On the one hand, it is clear that the Saudis and the Sudanese are consciously crafting a mutually convenient financial and political alliance. However, the relationship is perplexi...

Talk to Tehran, But Talk Tough - Nicholas Burns, New York Times

Palo Alto, Calif. — THE dramatic events of this past weekend mark a potential turning point in the modern history of the Middle East. Estranged for the last three and a half ...

Iran Votes, Israel Watches - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Unlike Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, some Israeli security officials share President Barack Obama's view that satisfactory progress has been made in blocking Iran's nuclear pr...

The Saudi State Vs. Iran's Revolution - H. Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not one between Sunnis and Shiites as such, but rather a confrontation between a state and a revolution....

Why Are Liberals Fighting to Make Iran Acceptable? - Bret Stephens, WSJ

In Syria, Bashar Assad is trying to bring his enemies to heel by blocking humanitarian convoys to desperate civilians living in besieged towns. The policy is called “starve o...

Fed-Up Iranian Women Push for More Seats in Majlis - Z. Alipour, ALM

Only 3% of incumbent Iranian members of parliament are female, but Iranian women are campaigning to drastically change the parliament's huge gender imbalance through the ballot box...

Ahmadinejad Adviser Arrested

A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday when security forces briefly arrested ...

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Wave of Aden killings tests Gulf ro

By Mohammed Ghobari and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) - The recapture of Aden by Gulf Arab coal...

Iran's reformist ex-president calls

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's reformist ex-president has called on Iranians to cast their vote i...

US responses to NKorea nuke, missil

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. ...

The eyes in the sky over North Kore

Global concerns over North Korea's latest nuclear test and long-range rocket launch have shone ...

U.S. stepping up push for ceasefire

By Lesley Wroughton, Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of St...