Iran

Emmanuel Macron could be the big loser from the Saudi drone attack

18 September 2019 10:38

Saudis woke up last Saturday to find the crown jewel of their oil industry in smoke. The attack on the…

What Britain can learn from Iran about sovereignty

18 August 2019 8:22

‘Great Minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.’ (Eleanor Roosevelt) The essay which follows is about…

Dominic Raab has to handle a stand-off with Iran and his own civil servants

24 July 2019 19:06

It’s not an easy time to become Foreign Secretary, as Dominic Raab is about to find out. There is, of…

Alan Duncan’s resignation just adds to the chaos in the Foreign Office

22 July 2019 13:00

Sir Alan Duncan’s resignation will only leave a hole in the Foreign Office for a couple of days before the…

On Iran and oil tankers

20 July 2019 8:47

I’m glad the Foreign Secretary thinks it ‘unacceptable’ of Iran to have seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Straits…

Jeremy Corbyn is right about Iran and the tanker attacks

16 June 2019 14:30

Jeremy Corbyn’s right about Iran, isn’t he? On the attacks on ships in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday, he…

Can Europe persuade Trump to see sense over Iran?

30 April 2019 10:25

The Europeans always held an inkling that sooner or later, a time would come when an impatient Washington would announce…

The EU’s desperate bid to keep the Iran deal alive isn’t working

8 October 2018 12:49

The European Union finds itself in a bind. Donald Trump’s reintroduction of sanctions against Iran has left European diplomats desperately…

Trump’s Iran sanctions send a message to Europe: the U.S. is still the boss

6 August 2018 12:13

On Monday, August 6, the long-arm of the U.S. Treasury Department reached into Europe and violently shook the continent. The…

Boris is gone. What now for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?

10 July 2018 15:06

What’s one woman’s life worth as the great battles about Brexit rage? Nothing at all, apparently, as Boris Johnson’s indifference…

Erdogan, Trump and other fragile egos: Theresa May’s unenviable foreign policy dilemmas

29 June 2018 16:39

Given the way her Cabinet ministers are behaving at the moment, Theresa May is really rather used to dealing with…

The Spectator Podcast: The Italian Job

17 May 2018 15:03

In this week’s episode, we talk about Italy’s new coalition – what will the Five Star and Lega partnership mean…

Donald Trump is right to take on Iran’s mullahs

12 May 2018 8:30

The point behind the argument about the Iran nuclear deal goes beyond precise nuclear facts. It is like the row…

The Spectator Podcast: Trump vs Iran

10 May 2018 14:48

What comes after the end of the Iran nuclear deal? Is Donald Trump an expert diplomat worthy of a Nobel…

Israel vs Iran: will the conflict escalate further?

10 May 2018 10:59

Jerusalem It’s a sunny day in Jerusalem where Israelis are waking up to fresh conflict on the country’s border with…

Iran shows that even Trump can get things right

9 May 2018 13:28

An unexpected downside of Donald Trump’s presidency is the rare occasion on which he makes a wise call. Trump’s decision to…

America goes rogue

9 May 2018 8:05

For the past year or so, in speaking to groups, I’ve ventured to suggest that Donald Trump will ultimately rank…

Hectoring Trump on Iran has done Britain and France no favours

9 May 2018 7:16

Three years ago when the Iran nuclear agreement was signed there was massive political resistance in Washington. Notably – but…

Sorry, Boris, President Trump doesn’t have an Iran plan

8 May 2018 20:51

Washington, DC. With Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, American foreign policy is getting radioactive. “We…

Donald Trump pulls out of the Iran deal. Is anyone surprised?

8 May 2018 19:15

Did anybody really think President Donald J Trump wasn’t going to pull out of the Iran deal? He’s said all…