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This week’s attack on Saudi oil facilities appears to be the latest effort by Iran to escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf to push back on the US ‘maximum pressure’ sanctions campaign. Pavel Golovkin/EPA

How likely is conflict between the US and Iran?

Iran's goal is to sow discord and inflict pain on energy markets, while avoiding crossing a threshold that prompts retaliation from the US. This is a fine line to walk at the best of times.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, leading the Eid al-Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran in early June. Iranian Supreme Leader's Office/EPA

US-Iran tensions: no route for de-escalation in sight

Donald Trump stepped back from launching US airstrikes inside Iran, but the conflict is unabated and there appears to be no way out of confrontation for now.
The last four decades in Iran have been marked by internal tension due to its political system, which combines theocratic and republican elements. from shutterstock.com

Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, could the country be at risk of another one?

Reformers have tried to modernise Iran for decades but have failed mainly due to the country's powerful theocracy. And then there are those who want to overthrow the regime altogether.
Internal strikes throughout the country might harm the economy at least as much as the announced sanctions (Tehran, 2017). Stella Morgana

If sanctions do not put a halt to Iran’s economy, workers will

As Iran struggles under another round of international sanctions, a widening social gap is putting President Hassan Rouhani's government under pressure.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, following their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 7, 2018. Reuters/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool

The US will have to accept second-class status in the Middle East

The US was once the dominant force in the Middle East. That old order has disappeared. Now the new powers are Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Russia – and the US needs a new policy for the region.
University students attend a protest inside Tehran University as anti-riot Iranian police prevent them from joining other protesters. AP Photo

Why Iran’s protests matter this time

Although the unrest that shocked Iran's ruling elite appears to be over, there are several reasons to think this won't be the last time disaffected citizens take to the streets.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on August 8 2016. Alexander Nemenov/Pool/Reuters

Russia and Iran’s growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East

The latest in a series of meetings will see the two countries sign a number of agreements on political and economic matters.

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