The hostage swap between the U.S. and Iran may be an important step in a new nuclear deal between the West and Iran.
The pattern of slow, cautious decision-making in Iran is a critical factor in the Iran nuclear negotiations that has widely been ignored.
Detente between Tehran and Riyadh will not magically solve all the political and sectarian tensions in the Middle East.
Iranian protesters aren’t satisfied winning small battles within the Islamic regime. Their aim is a revolution that will result in universal human rights.
This is not so much an alliance as a coalition of the isolated.
The targeting of elite interests has been at the centre of recent sanctions policies, including sanctions on Russia. We look at the effectiveness of targeting in Iran in the 2010s.
Price shocks are a feature of the global oil market, not a bug – and even when governments take many steps to grow supply or reduce demand, it can be years before prices ease.
Much has changed since the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, and good will is seriously lacking.
International sanctions make it almost impossible for the UK to repay the decades-old debt.
The US and Israel are warning that Iran could build a nuclear bomb very soon. But is it that simple?
Real change will come from the streets, not the ballot box.
Iran’s ongoing legal campaign to persecute marginalized groups highlights the pressing need to include human rights in any bilateral and multilateral negotiations over the nuclear deal.
Most observers believe Israel was behind the a cyberattack on Iran. But what was the thinking behind it?
Joe Biden has said he wants to return the United States to the Joint Collective Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.
But the window of opportunity may be closing.
The US president is sending a message to Saudi Arabia. But it might also find that negotiations with Tehran are tougher.
Biden’s inaugural speech focused mainly on healing domestic rifts and a new kind of politics at home. But he also signalled a return to engagement with the outside world.
Much will depend on Iran’s response to what it sees as Israeli and US provocation, including the November assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist.
A new US administration needs to rejoin the nuclear deal and engage in statecraft to improve relations with Tehran.
Biden and Trump are like night and day on foreign policy, and American global engagement would change radically under a Biden presidency. But actual Mideast policy might show only cosmetic changes.
With a nuclear deal set to expire, ongoing tensions in the region and an uncertain US presidential election, there may soon be an increase in hostilities in the Gulf region.