By forging closer relations with Tehran, Europe could unshackle its foreign policy from the United States.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has proved he is willing to compromise, but Europeans need to use all their diplomatic resources to make sure the nuclear deal is not abandoned.
President Trump delivered harsh criticism of Iran on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, but the comments may have overlooked recent developments in both Tehran and Washington.
While the differences between Rouhani and Raisi are meaningful, and the competition between them is genuine, four decades of Iranian presidential elections have had little impact on Iran’s major domestic and foreign policies.
On the margins of a Carnegie conference, Nikolay Koshanov and Hossein Mousavian discuss Russia’s and Iran’s role in the Syrian conflict.
Iran’s presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 19.
The EU’s approach to Iran is one of the few success stories of European foreign policy but is underappreciated by policymakers in Europe, the United States, and beyond.
The common thread in U.S. strategy toward Iran, Syria, and North Korea isn’t changing these regimes so much as it is trying to change their behavior. More than likely, they will all remain hostile to U.S. interests.
Pending Iran sanctions legislation would not necessarily torpedo the nuclear deal.
By catering to the Saudis in Yemen, the United States has empowered al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, strengthened Iranian influence in Yemen, undermined Saudi security, and brought Yemen closer to the brink of collapse.