The Iran Deal: A triumph for soft power

On July 14th, An agreement was finalised by The United States, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, France, China, and Iran, on the latter’s nuclear programme, summarised neatly as follows: “The full implementation of this JCPOA...
by Simon Fraser

P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland

China’s stakes in the Iran nuclear deal

On 3 April 2015 an outline agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear program was reached, running over the self-imposed 31 March deadline. When the leaders did emerge, they did so with an understanding that there would be a ...
by Aparna Chandrasekar

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A changed world: 2012 foreign policy predictions and outcomes

A Changed World A look back at three major foreign policy claims of the 2012 US Presidential Election and forward to the road ahead, providing letter grades A to F for the candidates predictions. Issue #1: Iran Then: The electi...
by Jack Stukel


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Iran Wants To Befriend Google

Iran has a habit of blocking, unblocking and sometimes re-blocking Google platforms inside the country.
by Mahsa Alimardani


The Iraqi-Kurdish Oil Deal And The Fight Against Islamic State

In early 2014, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) began independently exporting crude oil through Turkey, angering the central Iraqi government which “claims sole authority to export oil from the country”. In total, th...
by David Bresnahan-McRae

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Iran’s New Age

24 November 2014 marks the day on which the 12-year impasse regarding trade sanctions imposed to restrain Iran’s nuclear programme is to end. In 2002, the country’s opposition group revealed secret government activity inclu...
by Siobhan Fraile Ordonez


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‘The Base With No Foundation’

Fawaz Gerges, a prominent Middle Eastern scholar, notes that there exists a ‘terrorism narrative’ in the West. Amongst government officials and the wider public, the notion of imminent terrorist attack seems institutionali...
by Finlay Shaw

International Political Forum

US-Iran Talks: Nuclear Flirting

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, few countries have challenged Iran’s ‘international villain’ status. The United States is the loudest champion of this animosity and mutually demonizing rhetoric. The word ‘...
by Mohamed Firas Arfaoui

International Political Forum

Geopolitics at the helm once again: What does this mean for international affairs?

Following the end of the Second World War, the objectives of North American and EU foreign policy changed international politics forever. Rather than questions of the military power of the expansionist Soviet Union, objectives ...
by Esma Mneina