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.
In 2016 Trump promised to ‘shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.’ Four years later, it’s clearer what that looks like: a US that sits on the sidelines of world crises and collaborations alike.
The US bid to impose so-called ‘snapback’ sanctions on Iran was roundly rejected by the UN security council.
Some of the major events in US-Iran relations highlight the differences between the nations’ views, but others presented real opportunities for reconciliation.
Since President Donald Trump took office, Iranians have held a more unfavorable view of the US.
Although neither side apparently wants conflict, tensions remain over the presence of US troops in Iraq and Iran’s decision to walk away from part of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran has withdrawn from key elements of the 2015 nuclear deal. The UK should respond with caution – and flexibility.
Given the perils of direct confrontation with the US, the most likely recourse for Iran may be to mobilise its proxy militias to attack American assets in Iraq.