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The UN and Iran: Friend or Foe? Keep Them Close…

January 29, 2014 by


By withdrawing its invitation to Iran to join the Syria peace talks, the UN has missed a golden opportunity that carried very little actual risk. After initially inviting Iranian delegates to the Geneva II Conference the UN rescinded its invitation after angry responses from the US and the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). Iran supports the […]

Obama and Rouhani: Cordial Relations Are Still a Long Way Off

October 5, 2013 by


History was apparently made when Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, received a phone call from Barack Obama at the United Nations assembly last month. It marked the first time in 27 years that senior leaders of each government had talked directly, and—besides exchanging the usual sycophantic pleasantries—they reportedly discussed their mutual desire to rapidly resolve the […]

Syria’s an International Game, but Britain’s no longer an International Player

September 25, 2013 by


In the wake of what George Galloway has called the “democratic revolt” against the government it seems increasingly unlikely that Britain will participate in military strikes against Syria. Worth exploring, however, is why the government was so desperate to intervene, what were their stated motives, and what impact parliament’s decision might have on Britain’s status […]