Shahram Akbarzadeh

Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

Increasing tensions with Saudi Arabia is bad news for Rouhani and reformist Iranians

The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the breakdown in diplomatic ties is bad news for President Hassan Rouhani and his efforts to bring Iran out of isolation. It also threatens to escalate the sectarian tensions pushing the region deeper into crisis. The 3 January mob attack on the Saudi embassy in […]

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Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

The region must stop relying on the US to do the heavy lifting in confronting ISIL. The expansion of United States air strikes into Syrian territory against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets, from Incirlik airbase in Turkey, marks a fresh escalation of US involvement in the region. While President Barack […]

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Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

Iran’s agreement with five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, dubbed P5+1 in Vienna over its nuclear program has been widely seen a major diplomatic breakthrough. The deal provides for strict limits on Iran, backed by international inspections and the threat of sanctions ‘snap-back’. In return, it provides for the continued, albeit […]

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