Iran

A picture taken on July 25, 2017 shows Sudanese patients waiting in a hallway at the Radiation and Isotopes Centre in  Khartoum.
In Sudan access to drugs and treatment was impaired by U.S. sanctions.

Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds

Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.

Sudanese demonstrators protest outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on April 12. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

The World This Weekend

FP’s latest on the turmoil in Sudan, Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election, and Julian Assange’s arrest.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps march during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in Tehran on Sept. 22, 2018. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Revolutionary Guards Are Ready to Strike Back

The Trump administration has labeled Iran’s most powerful military branch a terrorist organization—and put Americans around the world in danger.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Zarif Can’t Catch a Break

By designating the IRGC a terrorist group, Trump has put the heat on the United States’ one potential ally in Tehran.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Dec. 20, 2012. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Iran Policy Is ‘Untethered to History’

Veteran diplomat William Burns on the U.S. president, Putin, Iraq, and the “militarization” of American diplomacy.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Feb. 20. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran

India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.

A partial view of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army helicopter crew member as he looks out of a  Chinook helicopter flying  from the U.S. Embassy to Baghdad International airport on Jan. 9. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops

Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.

An image grab taken from the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) on Feb. 4, 2008 shows a large rocket fired from the country's first space center in a desert in northern Semnan province. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier

Tehran’s military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.

Pakistani army soldiers gather near a vehicle at a border terminal in Ghulam Khan, a town in North Waziristan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, on January 27, 2019.

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan

A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.

Protestors confront police at a rally marking International Women's Day in Istanbul on March 8. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.

Protesters against the veil, protected by young men, march in central Tehran during demonstrations for women's rights on March 10, 1979. (Bettmann Archives/Getty Images)

The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran

While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Sterling, Virginia, on Feb. 2, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Maximum Pressure Yields Minimum Results

Trump’s favorite foreign-policy doctrine has failed.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13, 2019. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Succeed in Iranian Politics Without Really Resigning

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif protested his weakness—and became stronger than ever.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Is Staying, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s Won the Battle of Ideas

Javad Zarif’s gambit paid off, but his attempt to be a bridge between Tehran and the West has become virtually impossible in the Trump era.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif checks his watch during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Time Up for Zarif?

The foreign minister’s fall from grace was a long time coming.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as he waits for the start of a meeting with P5+1, European Union, and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Iran Lose Its Last Link to the West?

If accepted, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation may open the door to a new Iranian radicalism.

Iranians walk near the "Si-o-Se Pol" bridge (33 Arches bridge) over the Zayandeh Rud river in Isfahan on April 11, 2018. 
(Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Committing Suicide by Dehydration

The Islamic Republic’s corruption is draining the country of its most precious resource: water.

Kolbars carrying smuggled goods return from Iraq down the Kuh-e Takht mountain in Iran on Dec. 12, 2018. (Sergio Colombo and Andrea Prada Bianchi for Foreign Policy)

For Kurdish Smugglers, Iran Sanctions Are Starting to Bite

The kolbars brave subfreezing temperatures and border guards’ bullets to carry heavy loads over the mountains in an unemployment-plagued region that Iran’s government has all but forgotten.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laughs with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’s Afraid of Saudi Nukes?

Riyadh’s reckless behavior foments widespread mistrust of its plans to buy nuclear reactors.

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 19, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

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