Iran and the “Frozen” Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

April 29, 2021

Sharing land borders with Azerbaijan and Armenia, Iran has vested interests in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Hamidreza Azizi, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyzes Tehran's perspective on the current situation.

Rouhani’s Iran: Striking the Balance Between Continuity and Change

February 21, 2014

Is Rouhani really Ayatollah Gorbachev? Analysts have been quick to make assumptions about President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic maneuvers, translating his diplomatic skills as reminiscent of Mikhail Gorbachev’s era of Perestroika and Glasnost. Jochen Bittner of Die...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 2/2)

January 04, 2014

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran. Hezbollah has been deeply involved in the urban fighting alongside the Syrian regime. As argued by analysts at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hezbollah is suffering human losses which...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Reviewing the composition of Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet gives us some insight into his administration and policies. From the...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 1/2)

September 10, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the first of a two part series. The recent presidential polls in Iran resulted in the election of Hassan Rouhani, who began his term after introducing his cabinet for a vote of...

It’s America’s Turn to Show Political Resolve

September 02, 2013

"Political will is the precondition for the improvement of relations." The new Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has taken over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran from his predecessor, Ali Akbar Salehi, at a time when the entire Middle East and...