What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

September 23, 2022

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

Whose Iran Is It Anyway?

August 5, 2022

Ali Khamenei won’t give up power for anyone—not even his president.

Erdoğan in Tehran, but Turkey and Iran have plenty of mistrust to overcome

August 3, 2022

During his most recent visit to Tehran, on July 19, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Iranian counterpart, Ebrahim Raisi, vowed closer economic cooperation.

The view from Tehran on Biden’s trip to the Middle East

8 July, 2022

The Iranian authorities anticipate that President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East is aimed at one top priority: to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to its partners in the region.

A moment of reckoning as the US and Iran prepare to resume talks in Doha

June 28, 2022

After a three-month-long suspension of the nuclear talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran appear set to resume diplomatic negotiations on June 28 in Doha, Qatar.

Iran, Turkey, and the future of the South Caucasus

May 4, 2022

Since late September 2021, when Iran-Azerbaijan relations hit a low point, Tehran and Baku have engaged in a process of de-escalation.

Foreign Policy and the Ayatollahs

April 8, 2022

In an interview, Alex Vatanka discusses his book on how the Khamenei-Rafsanjani relationship shaped post-revolution Iran

Iran Needs a Cushion, and Europe Needs Gas

March 24, 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been a watershed moment on so many levels for so many countries.

Iran’s regional agenda and the call for détente with the Gulf states

March 17, 2022

As both a candidate and as president, Ebrahim Raisi has repeated a basic mantra: that he will seek to quickly improve relations with Iran’s neighbors, and particularly the Arab Gulf states. In terms of his motivations for this push, two points are undeniably important.

Will Iran’s heavy-handed approach to deterring Israel backfire?

March 15, 2022

On March 13, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired missiles at targets in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Erbil. The IRGC claimed the barrage of missiles was aimed at the operational bases of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.

Biden, Raisi and Iran’s Nuclear File

October 18, 2021

The government of President Ebrahim Raisi has been in place since early August and yet Tehran is still unsure about when and how it should resume the nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna. Those talks were suspended in June, just before the Iranian presidential elections.

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.