President Obama shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in January 2015.
Hype over the absence of the Saudi king at US-Gulf Cooperation Council summit obscures the real issues facing the US and its Arab allies.
When Australians hear about Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s dire warnings and counter-terrorism raids, they could lose historical perspective on the threat posed by Islamic State.
Dire government warnings and counter-terrorism raids in our suburbs paint a picture of the worst threat Western nations have ever faced. A little historical perspective is in order.
Sanctions intended to be biting have more often been toothless and about giving supporters the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from taking a principled stand.
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Sanctions have a terrible track record of success because they’re usually too weak to work and too easy to get around.
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.
Foreign ministers Julie Bishop and Mohammad Zarif demonstrated a growing rapport between Australia and Iran in reaching agreement on some but not all fronts during her visit to Tehran.
Australia made progress on restoring trade and sharing intelligence on Islamic State in Iraq. Iran was less open to accepting the return of asylum seekers, which may prove a blessing in disguise.
Marzieh Afkham was the first female spokesperson in Iran’s foreign ministry.
When it comes to women and power politics in the Islamic Republic, the road has been a long and winding road.
We get the English word ‘chess’ from the Persian word Shah (king). The linguistic identification of this part of the world with chess belies its Indian origins, but in a country where the ancient nobility…
Iranians, who celebrated in the streets of Tehran following this month’s nuclear agreement, are keen to rebuild relations with the West.
By reaching out to Iran, Australia can help end a long stand-off with the West that prevented solutions to many of the world's most dangerous problems, including Syria's civil war and Islamic State.
All smiles for Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The preliminary deal won't lift any sanctions, but businesses eager to return to Iran won't wait for the ink to dry to gear up.
Iran has never backed out of the nuclear nonproliferation regime in principle. But what about those who never signed up in the first place?
Churchill’s famous aphorism that it’s better to jaw-jaw than to war-war has never been more apposite or timely. Although the usual suspects are queueing up to criticise the agreement between Iran and various…
Now what will the people think?
Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final deal.
Jubilation in the streets of Tehran after news of the deal which means sanctions will be lifted.
Iran is celebrating this historic deal – along with the rest of the world. But Iran's religious leader can still throw a spanner in the works.
Are the years of hostility coming to an end? The former US embassy in Tehran.
And so it came, after years of protracted negotiations, extended deadlines and a diplomatic dance of unprecedented proportions – a deal that could signal a new era for Iran’s relations with the world.
The modern Saudi state rarely steps outside of its borders militarily unless it feels existentially threatened – as it is doing now in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia's incursion into Yemen is the latest manifestation of a long-standing struggle between it and Iran over statist issues of conflicting national interest, security and regional hegemony.
Here we go: Houthi rebels rally against Saudi Arabia.
Yemen's collapse into full-on chaos could take the Middle East into an all-consuming conflict the like of which we've never seen.
Iraqi forces ake up position near Tikrit, northern Iraq.
As the Iraqi's banner assault on Islamic State sputtered, the US stepped in to help – and a third of the ground troops promptly went home.
How did it come to this? Sana'a after an air strike.
Saudi Arabia could wait no longer to try and dampen the flames engulfing Yemen – but it may be too late.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) holds a meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) over Iran’s nuclear program in Lausanne on March 17, 2015.
The US is just one actor in an important global non-proliferation regime that works towards preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
As negotiations drag on, President Hassan Rouhani must defy rising hostility to a deal on Iran’s nuclear program from within the Islamic Republic and abroad.
As the deadline for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program draws near, opposition to any such deal is gathering momentum.