IranInsight|Showcasing a Multifaceted Iran

The six-year civil war in Syria has propelled relations with Iran to a new level of importance on a par, according to some Iranian officials, with Iran’s control over parts of its own territory.

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An extended deadline for a Qatari response to a list of 13 Saudi-led demands expired on July 5 with no sign that Qatar would capitulate.

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The historic visit this week of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel could not have been welcome news in Iran.

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As predicted, the June 7 terrorist attacks in Tehran have complicated the rule of newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani and his pragmatic coalition. More aftershocks have occurred, some of which potentially threaten his tenure.

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As the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar approaches the one-month mark, the tiny emirate shows no sign of bending to a list of demands that include severing diplomatic ties with Iran.

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Conservatives in Iran don’t take defeat easily.

In the past few years, they have lost to moderate and reformist candidates in elections for parliament, city councils and now the presidency.

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One way to ease the growing rift between Iran and its Arab neighbors across the Persian Gulf might be through dialogue about nuclear safety.

Iran’s Bushehr reactors – started by Germany 40 years ago and completed a decade ago by Russia – sit on earthquake fault-lines and pose potentially grave risks to Iranians and Arabs alike in the event of a nuclear accident.

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The Trump administration’s attempts to isolate and demonize Iran for all the ills of the Middle East will do far more harm than good to long-term US interests. Instead of seeking to isolate and confront Iran, the administration should build on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ease the region’s sectarian and other conflicts and avoid further destabilizing the local security architecture.

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Terrorists attacked two key sites in Tehran on June 7 -- the Parliament building, a symbol of the republic, and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a symbol of the revolution. Sixteen people died and 45 were wounded. The group that calls itself the Islamic State (ISIS) took responsibility and promised to inflict more harm on Iran.

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