The U.S. won’t be able to walk all over Putin with unilateral sanctions.
American policymakers and lawmakers are floating unilateral sanctions against Russia, Iran and even Turkey in an effort to change behavior. But research shows sanctions only work in narrow circumstances.
Students at the American Memorial School, Tabriz, 1923.
There was a time when Iran and America were friends. Americans founded schools there, helped Iran handle financial crises and trained the country's first generation of doctors. Could that happen again?
A mock-up of banned Muslim travellers’ passport placed outside the U.S. Supreme Court in April.
The ban has major implications for thousands of would-be immigrants from all of the affected countries, except perhaps Venezuela.
Strait of Hormuz.
Iran has threatened to shut down this narrow seaway. Here's why that could be a big deal.
Tehran’s Grand Bazaar: a city within a city.
Recent protests in Tehran's Grand Bazaar are part of a long reform movement, not a new revolution.
Men walk on the wreckage of a building destroyed by air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 6, 2018.
Yemen's civil war is a stew of local and foreign interests, from Washington, Saudi Arabia to Iran. And the latest battle may cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians, if not millions.
Demonstrators show their support for anti-government protests in Iran in front of the White House in January.
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The Iranian government reacted to a nationwide truck drivers' strike with unprecedented restraint, apparently fearful a crackdown might provoke a Trump intervention.
An Iraqi woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group.
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
The recent parliamentary election in Iraqi may have been the most transformative of the post-Saddam era, a pollster from Baghdad and an American academic explain.
An oil tanker leaves Sydney Harbour.
Australia's recently announced review of its national fuel stockpiles is timely indeed. The country is almost totally reliant on oil being shipped through some of the world's most contested regions.
Too close for comfort?
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The last thing the Middle East needs is another open conflict between two massive military powers. Fortunately, they both seem to agree.
Taken from Persepolis.
1. Marjane Satrapi
Why this art form is rather more than just biff, bang pow.
Can transatlantic relations still be saved?
The Iran nuclear deal will struggle to survive the damage done when Trump pulled the US out on May 8. So will US-Europe relations.
Just as Iran's centre ground was collapsing under political pressure, Donald Trump offered the hardliners a gift.
Iranian protestors burn a representation of a U.S. flag during a gathering after their Friday prayer in Tehran, Friday, May 11, 2018. Thousands of Iranians took to the streets in cities across the country to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal with world powers.
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President Donald Trump's move to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal has been met with dismay by the Europeans. But could his high-stakes gambit actually work in getting a better deal?
A recent skirmish between Iran and Israel put the spotlight back on one of the most sensitive territories in the world.
Hugely divisive and controversial at home, Avigdor Lieberman is both an outspoken hawk and a political opportunist.
It largely depends on whether Europe will decide to ignore (and pay the price for) US sanctions.
Iranian demonstrators burn a picture of the U.S. President Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Does the work of the international agency responsible for verifying whether Iran was in compliance with the deal matter to the US?
The 1979 Iranian revolution wasn’t purely Islamic but the clerics, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, made it so to consolidate their power.
Reformists are calling for the emancipation of religion from a state that's seen to exploit Islam for purposes of political power. This remains the most formidable challenge to Iran’s ruling clergy.
An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979.
Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.