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Middle East

China dips toes in the Gulf, puts Iran on the defensive

Beijing and Iran always had 'convenient' relations, but the former's visit to Saudi Arabia exposed some new limits.

Middle East

Warning of 'imminent' Iranian attack in Saudi Arabia raises eyebrows

The Biden administration must be on guard against being manipulated by Riyadh to extract more US military support.

Middle East

Revolution in Iran?

A sclerotic theocracy’s repression remains likely to prevail but by scrubbing sanctions and otherwise not meddling, the US can help.

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Iranian regime's allergy to reform breeds violence for change

Protesters reacting to the death of Mahsa Amini are already calling for the overthrow of the government.

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No, Iranians aren't negotiating from a weak economic position

In fact its economy grew 4.3 percent last year, calling into question the hawks' view that 'maximum pressure' is beating Tehran into submission.

Middle East

How 'national narratives' shaped US-Iran relations

A new book seeks to construct a single authoritative account of the interactions between Washington and Tehran, and beyond.