• IISS Voices

    The Islamic Republic after Rafsanjani

    12 January 2017.  As a force for pragmatism over ideology, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s absence from Iranian politics is likely to be keenly felt by the country’s moderate voices. As Clément Therme explains, the demise of the former president and key architect of the Islamic Republic throws debates about Iran’s future into sharp relief.

  • Manama Voices

    The new Russian–Iranian entente in the Middle East

    22 December 2016.  Western commentators have portrayed a growing partnership between Russia and Iran as the main threat to Western security in the Middle East. Here, Clément Therme explains why the relationship is important for the future of the region, but points out that it is in fact based on pragmatism. The two sides are most united in what they do not want, rather than by a shared ideological vision.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Regime change for Iran?

    21 December 2016.  Iran's behaviour on a number of fronts is unpalatable to the United States. But a policy of regime change is not the answer.

  • Manama Voices

    A Gulf union?

    06 December 2016.  This is a time of acute anxiety for Gulf states, explains Emile Hokayem. Since 2011 they have been exceptionally assertive in their neighbourhood, but this has proven to be a costly, gruelling and frustrating exercise. The collapsing regional order is driving fresh efforts to improve cooperation.

  • Manama Voices

    The US has not violated the nuclear deal – and neither has Iran

    06 December 2016.  A recent vote in the US Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act was met with fury in Tehran, which suggested that it contravened the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran, meanwhile, has been subject to misleading claims that it too is in breach of the terms of the deal. Here, Mark Fitzpatrick warns that to entertain such false claims about the Iran nuclear deal is to...

  • Events

    Missile-Defence Cooperation in the Gulf

    01 December 2016. 

    Dossier launch
    Michael Elleman, Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for The Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 1 December 2016, 5.30–6.30pm

  • Events

    Missile-Defence Cooperation in The Gulf

    22 November 2016. 

    IISS Manama Dialogue Discourse Series
    Michael Elleman, Consulting Senior Fellow for Missile Defence, IISS
    Professor Toby Dodge, Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East, IISS; Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Tuesday 22 November 2016, 10–11AM EST

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick and Paulina Izewicz: Whither the JCPOA under Trump?

    11 November 2016.  Among the many foreign-policy questions raised by Donald Trump’s unexpected election is whether the Iran nuclear accord’s days are now numbered. In the immediate aftermath, and with his campaign rhetoric in mind, many proclaimed President Barack Obama’s signature achievement to be dead in the water. Not immediately, is our take, but for it to survive a four-year Trump term will take a lot of luck. Trump is unlikely to tear up...

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    The Iran Accord One Year On

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016 Third Plenary Session
    Chair: Hugo Sobral, Head, Iran Task Force, EEAS
    Cornel Feruta, Chief Coordinator, Director General’s Office for Coordination, IAEA
    Nasser Hadian Jazy, Professor, International Relations, University of Tehran
    Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    The Iran Accord One Year On: Cornel Feruta

    04 November 2016. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2016 Third Plenary Session
    Cornel Feruta, Chief Coordinator, Director General’s Office for Coordination, IAEA

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