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.
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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…
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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.
Ka-ching! The sound most countries heard when news of the nuclear deal with Iran broke.
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Most countries welcomed the deal as they jockey to boost trade with the Islamic Republic and gain from the eventual end of sanctions.
Increased oil and gas revenues amid lifted sanctions are set to raise Iran’s economic fortunes, which ease Middle Eastern tensions.
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Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal say it raises the nuclear weapons threat in the region. But Middle East tensions are actually likely to ease as Iran grows richer without being shackled by sanctions.
Taking a look at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant.
Iran's path back to nuclear acceptability is now set out. Let the real work begin.
Walking in sync.
A scholars' panel looks at the diplomacy, the science and the pragmatism behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and six world powers.
But what do their citizens think?
It's been assumed that most Arab countries are adamantly opposed to Iran’s regional rise and therefore not in favor of a nuclear deal. But is that really the case?
Merrily we roll along.
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Fears that nuclear weapons would pop up all over the world post-1945 have proven to be overblown.
So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
Talks in Switzerland in late March.
Centrifuges, plutonium, uranium enrichment – what's the nuclear science behind the deal to curb Iran's atomic weapons program.