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Change in Iran can only come from within

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran will on Monday celebrate the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought it into being. It is unlikely that the rest of the world will celebrate in quite the same way. But, like it or not, the events of 1979 represent what the French scholar of Iran, Bernard ...
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Conflict is the business Iran has chosen

  • My very first diplomatic posting to the Middle East was to the UAE in 1983. It was at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, which — after the retaking of Khorramshahr by Iranian forces the previous year — was about to become a bloody stalemate, characterized by human wave attacks, missile and artill...
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How US can react to Iranian provocations while avoiding war

  • Fire and smoke billows from a tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman. (AFP) Will there be war? By which, of course, I mean: Will there be a shooting war between Iran and the US? A lot of people — particularly in America — seem to think it possible. And many of those think t...
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In the Middle East, money can’t buy you love 

  • The new Arab News/YouGov poll on US perceptions of the current dispute between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors is both interesting and complex.  Interpreted properly, credible opinion polling is a highly valuable tool for understanding the reality of popular positions and their under...
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Iran and the US: A new deal?

  • In Europe and the US, there used to be a tradition of pragmatic and often harshly realist statecraft. It went back at least as far as the 5th century B.C. Greek historian Thucydides, whose influential history of the war between Athens and Sparta was essentially an account of the coercive exerci...
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Iran must decide when to drink its new ‘cup of poison’

  • Iranians attend a funeral procession for Qassem Soleimani in Tehran. (Reuters) There we all were, wondering whether there might be a chance of some positive change in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran as a result of the courage of ordinary people in standing up to oppression and corrup...
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Iran’s dangerous influence in Iraq a cause for region-wide concern

  • President of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi Al-Ameri. (Reuters) What times we live in. Sometimes it seems as if everything we used to believe about the Middle East and North Africa — indeed about the world — is crumbling to dust before our eyes. At other moments, we seem to find o...
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Keeping Iran off balance may allow Yemen deal

  • The latest reports from Yemen suggest that largely local forces trained, equipped and supported by the UAE and with air cover provided by the Saudi-led coalition, have made significant progress toward Hodeidah, securing most of the airport area and advancing on the port. The Houthis, who (like...
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Let us hope region heeds Pope Francis’ message of peace

  • God knows, Iraq could do with some good news. Coronavirus disease infection rates are running at more than 4,000 a day. Protesters are being killed and wounded again in Nasiriyah and elsewhere in the south. The government has pledged to bring to justice previous assassins of activists: They rem...
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Myanmar — apportion blame and sanctions where they belong

  • Myanmar is back in the news again. The UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) is meeting in Geneva this week and will consider the recent report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, headed by the distinguished former Indonesian Attorney-General and Cabinet Secretary Mar...
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