If the UN does
not act to reject this precedent, it will contribute to an international
erosion of faith in its own integrity and independence -precisely the kind of
behaviour which the carefully crafted ‘headquarters agreement’ was designed to
This edition of IHRR addresses
the critical issue of violence in Iran and how it is used at all levels of
society, from the actions of national government to domestic life, to reinforce
the values of the Islamic Republic and prevent challenges to the status quo. Also available in: فارسیکوردیAzeri
The Baathist regime is indeed guilty of
great war crimes, but the human cost of a failed state would be a greater
catastrophe. Washington should have learnt this lesson from Afghanistan,
Somalia and Iraq.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should be a technical agency of the UN. But it has arguably become a piece in a geo-political chess game dominated by the US, invited into Syria to act in contravention of its remit.
The interim nuclear deal between the
western powers and Iran faces significant domestic and international
challenges. But after long hostility it may prove a trust-building
stepping-stone to a larger agreement.
For the citizens of Lebanon and Beirut, the human cost of the attacks is tragic. The complex web of trans-regional motivations and alliances which provides the backdrop to this latest attack also reveals a number of disturbing truths about the region today.
Every time the Gulf States’ rulers justify their support for violent
rebels in Syria or the military regime in Egypt by appealing to the unalienable
right of peoples to basic rights and representative governance, they legitimize
the Arab Spring in the eyes of their own peoples, too.
Obama’s overture to Rouhani is costing the United States the goodwill of some old pro-Washington friends in the Arab world. When Prince Bandar, a close friend of the United States and a trusted adviser to the Saudi King, issues threats, Washington must listen.
The three countries, and groups within
them, are locked in narratives of confrontation, victimhood and fear. At
present, their narratives are incompatible and seemingly unbridgeable. That is the real cause of the current
The Republic is a more vibrant political polity than most
regimes in the Middle East, even after the advent of the Arab Spring. To
understand Iranian foreign policy, one needs to look at the social and ideological
pillars of the Iranian Revolution.
A US-Iranian rapprochement over Iran's nuclear programme could
improve general US-Iranian relations, leading to the lifting of Iran's painful
sanctions. Could this in turn encourage improved relations between the
countries of the GCC and Iran?
Despite notes of caution and a lack of concrete offers, Presidents Obama and Rouhani set the stage for increased engagement at the UN last week. With calls for a WMD-free zone in the Middle East reaffirmed, Israel's game plan will be central.
the US insisted that Iran must not have uranium enrichment facilities on its
own soil in any circumstances, and the EU3 bowed to this diktat from Washington. This time, we must do better.
Neither ending the bloodshed nor preventing the further use of weapons of mass destruction in Syria is served by military intervention. Amidst speculation over the US-UK special relationship, the Iranian reaction points a way forward.