Azerbaijan and Israel’s encirclement of Iran

October 5, 2021

Tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan are high right now but both sides will very likely soon step down. Neither Tehran nor Baku can afford to let recent events lead to a full-fledged crisis or a military showdown between the two Shi’a Muslim-majority countries.

Beholden to Khamenei and the IRGC, Raisi will stick to the hardline script

September 16, 2021

In the June 2021 elections, the Iranian presidency was handed to Ebrahim Raisi on a silver platter.

Raisi and the Revolutionary Guards

September 2, 2021

Under President Ebrahim Raisi, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to exert greater control over Iran’s national security agenda and economy. Several of his ministers and advisors were members of the IRGC or have connections to it.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

June 17, 2021

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

Khamenei shuts down opposition ahead of upcoming ballot

June 14, 2021

Iran’s presidential elections on 18 June are not set to shift the status quo in the country. The man most responsible for this predicament is the unelected 82-year Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has been in power since 1989

Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water

May 25, 2021

Iran is parched. Indeed, this year is expected to be among the driest in the last 50 years.

The US-Iran-Qatar triangle

February 17, 2021

The tiny Persian Gulf country of Qatar has chosen a herculean task for itself: to mediate between the United States and Iran. As Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani put it on Feb. 10, Doha “is working on de-escalation through a political and diplomatic process.”

Iran and Turkey: Power dynamics in the South Caucasus

February 8, 2021

Iran was caught off guard by the July 2020 round of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Israel, Iran: Now is the time to test if détente can be reached

February 4, 2021

The last few months have witnessed a dramatic shift in the geopolitical balance of the Middle East.

The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Tehran’s Worst Nightmare

October 14, 2020

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan comes at a particularly bad time for Iran.

The Iranian government’s risky stock market bet

September 14, 2020

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE) took a different path than the rest of the financial world.

Russia, Iran, and economic integration on the Caspian

August 17, 2020

In recent weeks, reports of a potential 25-year, $400-billion deal between Iran and China have dominated the conversation about Tehran’s options for freeing itself from the punishing U.S.-imposed sanctions regime on the country.