Iran

Boris’s Iran approach delicately balances European and American interests

15 January 2020 20:21

The Iran nuclear deal has been as lifeless as the surface of the moon ever since Donald Trump pulled out…

Corbyn’s Stop the War protest speech was his worst yet

13 January 2020 13:30

About a hundred Stop the War activists gathered outside BBC Broadcasting House on Saturday to protest against a possible conflict…

Iran’s mullahs are right to be rattled about what is unfolding on the streets of Tehran

13 January 2020 11:23

On the streets of Tehran the real story from inside the Islamic Republic is being written. And Iran’s Mullahs are…

In pictures: Iran’s anti-government protests

13 January 2020 9:30

The Iranian government has faced growing internal pressure following the downing of a civilian jet last week. The Ukraine International…

Could this be the beginning of the end for Iran’s mullahs?

11 January 2020 12:51

It is easy to construct a scenario in which tit for tat actions by the Americans and Iranians lead to…

The downing of a civilian jet only adds to Tehran’s desperation

10 January 2020 10:09

Drama and tragedy continue to envelop Iran. Just hours after the regime struck two US bases in Iraq on Wednesday,…

My despair at those who weep for Quassem Soleimani

9 January 2020 8:01

A few hours into the new year, pro-Assad forces targeted a school in southern Idlib with a cluster bomb. The bombing took…

Soleimani’s assassination has exposed the EU’s big weakness

8 January 2020 12:02

What a difference a day makes. When I went to bed on 2 January what seemed to be the most…

Could Iran’s retaliation against the United States lead to war?

8 January 2020 8:11

So it happened. Iran has just struck back against the United States for its killing of Quds force chief Qassem…

Trump’s Iran strategy has finally won over the ‘Never Trumpers’

8 January 2020 8:05

As a general rule, neoconservatives and hawkish Republican foreign policy officials don’t respect President Donald Trump’s capacities as commander-in-chief. They…

My clash with Alastair Campbell convinced me it’s time to hug a remainer

7 January 2020 13:01

I confess I had butterflies doing the first BBC Politics Live of 2020. It felt like the first day back at school. Beyond…

Boris Johnson’s dismal response to Qasem Soleimani’s assassination

7 January 2020 10:59

Two weeks ago, I asked what kind of prime minister Boris Johnson might be and whether he could be ‘the…

Iran’s generals are weeping for Qasem Soleimani. But soon they will prepare to fight

4 January 2020 10:56

It has been 24 hours since America droned Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad airport. Now both Iran and the United States…

Qasem Soleimani’s demise is a gamechanger for Israel

4 January 2020 10:55

The targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani is a game changer for Israel in its simmering conflict with Tehran. This drone…

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the coming Iran crisis

4 January 2020 9:42

‘This could be a Sarajevo moment’

How will Boris Johnson respond to Qassem Soleimani’s killing?

3 January 2020 13:07

President Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani accelerates perhaps the most important post-Brexit decision faced by Boris Johnson: whether to…

The Soleimani assassination is Donald Trump’s biggest gamble yet

3 January 2020 8:31

Ever since Donald Trump was elected president on a non-military interventionist platform, sceptics have questioned his commitment to withdrawing troops…

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…