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Abdolnaser Hemmati (C), Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, listens to a speech in parliament in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018.

U.S.-Iran Talks Will Falter Unless Abdolnaser Hemmati Is at the Table

Unwinding sanctions will be central to reviving the nuclear deal. If the Biden administration wants a lasting solution, it must involve Iran’s central bank governor.

A close-up view of Dubai Knowledge Park’s Huawei building in Jumeirah, Dubai, on Feb. 22.

Influence Without Entanglement in the Middle East

How China is outflanking the United States—and staying under the radar.

A cutout of an Israeli soldier and a sign in the Golan Heights

The Axis of Resistance to Israel Is Breaking Up

Syria has turned against Hamas, and Iran’s efforts to mediate aren't working.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, delivers a foreign-policy statement on Iran at Chelsea Piers in New York, on Jan. 7, 2020.

Did Biden Wait Too Long to Engage Iran?

Held back by infighting and hard-liners on the Hill, the administration may have squandered precious time to save the Iran nuclear deal, critics say.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) is greeted upon her arrival in the Blue Room of the White House by U.S. President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat  on Oct. 24, 1970.

Biden Should End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes

For decades, U.S. presidents have pledged not to talk about Israel’s nuclear arsenal despite pushing for nonproliferation in the region. It’s time for Washington to end the double standard.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, on Jan. 19.

Signaling a New Willingness to Talk, Biden Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

The new administration is looking for an interim road map—but insists it won’t be pressured by Tehran’s deadline to halt inspections next week.

Friends and family members of slain prominent Lebanese activist and intellectual Lokman Slim, attend a memorial ceremony in the garden of the family residence in the capital Beirut's southern suburbs, a week after he was found dead in his car, on Feb 11, 2021.

The Increasingly Violent Conflict Between Shiites and Iran’s Proxies

A killing in Lebanon is a symbol of a growing regional backlash against sectarian politics.

In this picture taken on March 2, 2017, a cell for inmates waiting to see the prison medic is seen at Stanley Prison in Hong Kong.

Why ‘Hostage Diplomacy’ Works

From China to Iran to the United States, arbitrary detention is an immoral—and often effective—pressure tactic.

A man browses jewelry through the window of a shop at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran on Feb. 12, 2020.

Prince of Persia

Tehran is cracking down on elite troublemakers—one influencer at a time.

A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows workers on a construction site at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Reviving the Nuclear Deal Gives the U.S. More Leverage Over Iran

Maintaining maximum pressure to inflict more pain won’t bring Tehran back to the negotiating table or halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Richard Ratcliffe, husband of the jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe currently being held in Iran, addresses the press with mother Barbara Ratcliffe and daughter Gabriella Ratcliffe in front of 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, 2020 in London.

Biden Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record

The U.S. government has a long history of pursuing multiple policy goals with adversaries and demanding respect for human rights will not derail nuclear negotiations.

People gesture and wave former flags of Iran as they protest outside the Antwerp criminal court during the trial of four persons including an Iranian diplomate and Belgian-Iranian couple in Antwerp, on February 4, 2021.

Iranians Are Trapped in a Sunni-Shiite Détente

Dissidents seeking refuge in Turkey are getting sacrificed to a newfound friendship between Tehran and Ankara.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands

Autocrats Increasingly Quashing Dissent Beyond Their Own Borders

Freedom House says transnational repression is on the rise—led by China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington on Jan. 26.

Congress Will Make It Tough for Biden on Iran

Biden’s nominees will face trouble in the Senate unless they prove they learned the lessons of the failed 2015 nuclear agreement.

Rob Malley, former U.S. negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current president and CEO of the International Crisis Group

Biden Taps Obama Administration Diplomat as New Iran Envoy

Robert Malley, who has faced sharp criticisms from Republican lawmakers, will be tasked with trying to get Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.

An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, on Dec. 30, 2020.

What a New Iran Nuclear Deal Really Requires

To get Washington’s Gulf partners on board, Biden needs an actual strategy for protecting them and ways to make them contribute to it.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 6, 2015.

French Ambassador: EU Working Toward ‘Common Action’ With Biden on Iran, COVID-19

But Philippe Etienne says France won’t surrender its dream of “strategic autonomy.”

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