A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
The British, French, and German foreign ministers have formally accused Iran of breaking the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a step that could lead to sanctions. Are the Europeans preparing to pull the plug?
Iranians are protesting in the streets, demanding accountability from their government. After three days of denial, the Iranian military admitted it fired the missiles that brought down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 passengers.
Under Soleimani’s command, Iran became the only country in the region capable of harnessing both Shiite extremism and, at times, Sunni radicalism too.
The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation body insists the Ukrainian airliner that crashed near Tehran was not shot down by Iranian missiles. But Canada says it has intelligence and evidence indicating the plane was downed by Iran.
With the killing of Iran’s top general and threats of U.S. troops being asked to leave Iraq, a discussion of what has happened and what may be next for the volatile region.
The way forward with Iran, including what remains of the Iran nuclear deal and if there’s any way more sanctions could have an impact on Iran.
Presidents make lonely, difficult decisions about the use of force to protect U.S. interests—usually with the solace of knowing at least that diplomacy had failed. The tragedy of the current plight is that diplomacy was succeeding before it was abandoned.
As the news of the killing of Qassem Suleimani sunk in, the differences between how it was covered in the West and the reaction in the wider Arab world became clear.
A discussion on the rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as well as reaction to Iran’s retaliatory strike and where the talks advance going forward.