If the US makes good on the president’s threat, Iran’s heritage won’t be the only thing damaged. Washington’s reputation would also take a hit.
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.
It’s very dangerous to assume that Iran will not escalate the crisis further, much less that the US could limit any violence that might ensue.
President Trump’s Iran policy took a dramatic turn when the US killed Iran’s top military commander in a drone strike. To avoid war, one foreign policy scholar says Trump has to reverse his stance.
The Trump administration is only the latest to push the boundaries of the law to take out foreign adversaries.
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US dominance over the international oil system has influenced the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
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Why young Iraqis to took the streets in protests that left more than 100 people dead after a brutal suppression.
Data show that the US intervenes more in other countries’ affairs than it did in the past. It also currently hires fewer career professionals for ambassadorial or foreign affairs positions.
A former congressional staffer says withholding damning evidence from Congress and using civilians to carry out presidential or intelligence agency agendas links the Ukraine crisis to other scandals.
The US has historically asked for international support when brewing conflicts in the Middle East boiled over.
Just because Australia has a strong relationship with the US doesn’t mean we should take a similarly aggressive stance with China and Iran.
Energy-wise, the fallout from the attack on Saudi oil facilities has so far been very muted. The surge in oil production in the US over the past decade helps explain why.
Iran’s goal is to sow discord and inflict pain on energy markets, while avoiding crossing a threshold that prompts retaliation from the US. This is a fine line to walk at the best of times.
Coalition negotiations begin in Israel after neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor Benny Gantz secure a majority.
Iran is being accused of ‘hostage diplomacy’ by resorting to incarcerating foreign nationals at a time when sanctions are crippling its economy.
There is so much more to Iran than politics. Its traditional music carries messages of beauty, joy, sorrow and love to the world.
As US national security advisor, John Bolton was too much of a warmonger for Donald Trump.
The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.