Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses a press conference in Tehran.

Iran’s Revolution Is Eating Its Own

By purging veteran politicians, abandoning the pretense of free elections, and letting the welfare state decay, Tehran is playing with fire.

Iran and China sign cooperation agreement

Biden Can No Longer Ignore Growing Iran-China Ties

Washington may be tired of the Middle East, but Beijing is just getting started.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives in Vienna.

How Close Is Iran to Getting a Nuclear Weapon?

Why Tehran’s breakout time has shrunk—and the technological hurdles that remain.

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Persistent contact with fake news disrupts even stable societies—but in war zones, it can be lethal.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves nuclear talks in Vienna on Dec. 3.

The Biden Team Knows Its Iran Policy Is Failing

Tehran’s march toward the bomb has been enabled by the administration’s refusal to impose consequences.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani attends talks.

A Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Iran Deal

The eighth round of nuclear talks kicks off this week in Vienna, with U.S. officials saying Iran has only weeks to play ball.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran sit at a long table in front of various flags.

The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Long Year of Negotiations and Uncertainty

2021 saw a change in Iran’s government and on-again, off-again nuclear talks.

Iranian ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gives a news conference after voting in the presidential election, at a polling station in the capital Tehran, on June 18, 2021.

Iran Can’t Afford to Delay a Deal

There should be little doubt in Tehran about the urgent necessity of restoring the nuclear agreement.

A person looks at a Google Earth map of the Middle East at an event at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Iranian Ransomware Is Coming for the United States

After a year of attacks on Israel, Iran’s hackers have another target.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a news conference in Tehran on Oct. 27.

Iran’s New Asia-Focused Foreign Policy Is a Fantasy

The country lacks both the wherewithal and resources to recalibrate its standing in Asia.

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Ones and Tooze Podcast: How Sanctions Work (and Why They Often Don’t)

Iran has lived with them for years but remains defiant on the nuclear issue.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is seen prior to his meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on October 6, 2021. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran’s New Top Diplomats Are a Problem

Tehran needs to restore the nuclear deal—but the Raisi administration’s officials aren’t up for the job.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (C) gestures during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Aug. 5.

U.S. Policymakers Are Misreading Iran

Ebrahim Raisi needs a deal. Military threats from Washington would derail any remaining hopes of achieving one.

A fighter loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government is positioned at the frontline facing Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the country's northeastern Marib governorate on Oct. 23.

Biden Needs a Plan B for Yemen If Houthis Win

An end to the war will generate a new set of problems.

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An Iranian Feminist Vampire Defangs the Patriarchy

The subversive rebellion of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.”

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