The United States can no longer afford to either hype or trivialize the Iranian threat. Washington must focus on confronting and containing Iran when it challenges U.S. core interests and looking to cooperate with Tehran where it benefits those interests.
Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour argues that the Saudi-Iranian rivalry in the Middle East is becoming increasingly hard-edged.
As sanctions ease on Iran, it hopes to expand its petrochemical exports, putting it in direct competition with Saudi Arabia over emerging markets.
To ensure a broader conclusion for Iran is justified, the IAEA must adhere to a set of guiding principles and procedures and disregard political considerations or pressure from member states.
The states of the Arab Gulf have been defined by their unique combination of economic generosity and political parsimony—a system preserved by vast resource wealth and traditional institutions of governance that have managed to retain a preponderance of legitimacy.
Turkey’s recent incursion into Syria aims to secure the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s main smuggling and trade hub in northern Syria, but there may be other motives.
Recent airstrikes in Hasakah by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may signal a shift in strategy against Kurdish movements in Syria.
Moscow’s relations with Tehran are currently much more cooperative than competitive, although the two countries’ foreign policy goals don’t always align.
President Hassan Rouhani’s mixed record heading into the last year of his current term may alienate supporters and create an opening for opponents to challenge him in the 2017 elections.
The rise of the Islamic State has created both challenges and opportunities for Iranian trade networks in Iraq.