Iran

A man withdraws Iranian rials from an ATM in Tehran on July 31. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer, but Regime Insiders Will Profit

On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to members of the public from his car in the Presidential convoy on August 4, 2010 in Hamadan, Iran. (Photo by Iranian President's Office via Getty Images)

The Reincarnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The former president was excommunicated from Iran’s political elite—but he’s using grassroots economic populism to revive his career.

WASHINGTON, :  Lt. Col. Oliver North (L), accompanied by his lawyer Brendan Sullivan, as he testifies before Iran-Contra investigators 14 July 1987, Washington, DC. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Kill a Presidential Scandal

Republicans smothered the Iran-Contra affair. The same might happen with Trump and Russia.

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

Iranians take to the streets protesting the country's economic woes and the government in Tehran on June 25. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Turns up Heat on Iran’s Economy, Adding Fuel to Massive Protests

Experts question whether the resumption of sanctions will help topple the regime or strengthen it.

An Iranian military truck carries missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran.

How to Strike a Missile Deal With Iran

Tehran will never give up all of its ballistic missiles, but a compromise is possible.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks to the media prior to hosting an Honor Cordon for His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Security Brief: No, Trump is not about to order a strike on Iran; U.S. may return to North Korea to look for more war remains; Mattis vs the First Amendment

Catch up on everything you need to know about the false reports that Trump is about to order a strike against Iran, North Korea returning Korean War dead, and the Secretary of Defense’s response to reports the Pentagon is denying media access.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.

The Summer of Israel’s Contentment

Politicians are exploiting a period of relative calm to gamble with the country’s future.

A satellite view of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait near Yemen on March 28, 2015. (USGS/NASA Landsat/Orbital Horizon/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Iran’s Yemeni Proxies Put Oil Shipments in Crosshairs

A Houthi attack on two Saudi oil tankers near Yemen could be an Iranian bid to hammer a key energy choke point.

An Israeli soldier stands next to a sign on Mount Bental, near the the Syrian border of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on May 10. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Moscow Holds the Key to Peace Between Jerusalem and Damascus

Russia is more important than the United States in averting war between Israel and Syria.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing on May 13, 2018. (THOMAS PETER/AFP/Getty Images)

Moscow and Beijing Have Tehran’s Back

Trump's Iran policies have left the country with no choice but to turn to Russia and China.

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag attends a protest  in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018.(OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

Hundreds of thousands of Uighur have been detained without trial in China's western region of Xinjiang.

Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Woman Who Defied Iran

On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.

Iranian protesters hold a portrait of the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qassem Suleimani, during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 11, 2017.

Iran Hawks Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Pushing for regime change in Tehran could put Qassem Suleimani in power.

Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

Those Who Dare to Bare Their Hair

Masih Alinejad is helping Iranian women challenge the regime — one hijab at a time.

Pouneh Mirlou illustration for Foreign Policy

Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

At Helsinki Summit, Putin Likely to Rebuff Any Pressure From Trump on Syria

The United States wants Russia to help oust Iranian troops from Syria.

Defense Secretary James Mattis waits for the arrival of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen outside the Pentagon June 20, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mattis’s Last Stand Is Iran

As the U.S. defense secretary drifts further from President Donald Trump’s inner circle, his mission gets clearer: preventing war with Tehran.

An oil tanker prepares to dock at Khark Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Push to Ban Iranian Oil Could Mean Pain at the Pump

Big buyers of Iranian oil such as China are seen as unlikely to cut purchases to zero, but sanctions will still send crude prices higher.

Mahmoud Abbas waits to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2017 in New York City.

Mohammed bin Salman Has Thrown the Palestinians Under the Bus

The United States and Arab governments have abandoned the Palestinian cause and believe they can browbeat Mahmoud Abbas into submission.

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