Rouhani is caught between disappointed reformists and restless conservatives.
Once seen as a diplomatic victory, the nuclear deal of 2015 is now perceived as a failure by conservatives who reject President Rouhani's message of moderation as economic recovery remains elusive.
Made in America.
The tentative Boeing jet deal prompted outrage among Republicans but barely a peep among Iran's own conservatives, despite their aversion to warmer economic ties with the U.S.
Can Rouhani shake his shadow?
The Iranian president will finally get a parliament that backs his reforms. But much still stands in his way.
Europeans who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria now need a visa to travel to the US. Why?
Limited centrifuge operations: Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility.
(File photo from 2008.)
How can the international community be sure Iran is living up to its end of the new nuclear deal?
The great diplomat, c'est moi.
"Bibi" spits on the very notion that one can deal with Iran, but now one's been done, he's milking it for all it's worth.
The new era begins in earnest.
The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
Iran’s Hasan Rouhani is back on the diplomatic trail.
The world's biggest powers have too much invested in bringing Iran in from the cold to let Saudi Arabia create chaos.
Syria and IS may have dominated the news this year, but the Middle East has plenty of other problems on its hands.
Christmas Eve 2015, Paris.
Well Santa has come and gone, at least for the largest proportion of the world’s population. And, as we reach the end of the year, it is inevitably time to review recent trends and the prospects for 2016…
After a missile hit in Damascus.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
Obama owes these three a thank you note.
As President Obama writes his thank you notes to Democrats in Congress who helped him pass the accord, he better not forget about his European partners.
Iran’s nuclear deal promises an era of economic and, by extension, political collaboration with the West.
In both domestic and international politics, Iran’s ruling clergy is enjoying a much more secure position than previously.
Anti-American in 2009.
The nuclear deal may be signed, but the history of the Islamic regime shows they will continue to rely on external conflicts to consolidate power.
Not all of Iran’s frozen foreign assets are likely to thaw anytime soon.
Frozen dollar via www.shutterstock.com
Estimates of how much of Iran's frozen assets it will get once sanctions are lifted vary widely, but the sum is most likely just a fraction of the total.
The Arak heavy-water reactor has been at the center of concerns about potential Iranian nuclear proliferation.
Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran have good reasons to be skeptical, but blocking the deal would make the United States and its allies less secure.
Getting ready for Congress.
In an all-out promotional blitz, John Kerry spoke at a hastily arranged Q&A July 24 to a Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Five days later, he faced two less restrained audiences, testifying…
US Dept of Energy, via Wikimedia Commons
The way we judge nuclear risk isn't just a rational calculation – it's a reflection of much deeper biases.
A billboard in Tehran.
Lord Palmerston, Britain’s 19th-century prime minister, was reputedly the first person to have coined the phrase that Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests. Many…
Iran’s economy is now open for business with more outside countries.
Due to their histories, US companies won't be at the front of the queue when it comes to doing business in Iran, but many can't ignore the oil or other markets.