Iran’s domestic politics under sanctions 

Iran’s domestic politics under sanctions 

One of the known political patterns of the Islamic Republic is that increased external pressure leads to increased internal cohesion. Nonetheless, the competition for power means that factionalism has not been stamped out. Even though the top leadership has instructed...
Menas and Iran: The first 30 years

Menas and Iran: The first 30 years

Three months before Menas Associates published the first issue of Iran Focus – later renamed Iran Strategic Focus – in October 1988, Iran had accepted UN Security Council Resolution 598, putting an end to the devastating 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War. It had cost the lives...
Iran-EU efforts to save the JCPOA

Iran-EU efforts to save the JCPOA

Ever since the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran and the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal have tried to devise strategies to sustain the accord and immunise their trade and transactions from US pressure. Politicians on...
Iran Strategic Focus – implications

Iran Strategic Focus – implications

In this months edition of Iran Strategic Focus, our consultants have picked out some of the key discussion points around the implications of the current Iran-US war of words and the fear that they could well reach a level of possible military confrontation. Donald...