Iran-Saudi talks resume

Iran-Saudi talks resume

The Saudi–Iran security dialogue that had been paused over the past seven months resumed in Iraq as of 21 April. This is the fifth round of security talks designed to de-escalate tensions between the two regional powers.  In the last meeting, in September 2021,...
Ukraine crisis may accelerate JCPOA agreement with Iran 

Ukraine crisis may accelerate JCPOA agreement with Iran 

The Vienna talks seem to be on their final leg. It is now clear that the new deal will take the form of a roadmap towards what can be termed ‘less for less’ compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), although it may be presented as a return to the...
Iran: Audio leak on corruption in the IRGC

Iran: Audio leak on corruption in the IRGC

In mid-February a leaked audio file grabbed the attention of many observers in Iran.  The recording reflected a conversation between the former chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Mohammad Ali Jafari, and his deputy in charge of the...
Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna

Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna

There are signs that all parties to the Vienna talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will agree on a framework in the form of either an interim agreement — similar to the Joint Plan of Action that was signed in Geneva in 2013 — or an addendum to the...
Outlook 2022: Iran at home and abroad

Outlook 2022: Iran at home and abroad

Another turbulent year is coming to an end for Iran, with no sign of improved certainty and stability on the immediate horizon. What factors will determine developments in 2022 and beyond?  On the domestic political scene, the 2021 presidential election was...