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.
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?
So there's now a real plan to sort out Iran's nuclear programme. What about all its other problems?
One needs to understand the differences in their Islamic movements to make sense of events over recent decades in Egypt and Iran.
People sometimes overlook their profound differences if social forces unite them in a common, often ill-defined desire. Hostility to Muslims is creating an imagined solidarity that Islamists can exploit.
A Syrian refugee flees from ISIS attack.
There were more airstrikes against ISIS this July 4 weekend. Most politicians agree that ‘war is the answer.’ But here’s an argument that peacebuilding is the only realistic way to defeat ISIS.
An Afghan girl looks out of a damaged window of a shrine.
As the US slows down its troop withdrawal and China increases its involvement in Afghanistan, a warning that if the country is to see peace again, foreign meddling needs to stop.
The end of privacy?
Israel is suspected of spying on Iran's nuclear talks using a virus to hack the devices that are all around us.
Happier times: Jacob Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran, 2013.
The trial of an American journalist in Iran was a craven farce – and a reminder of the brutality with which Tehran still treats journalists.
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.