Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh is a Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science specialising in Iran and Afghanistan. Formerly she was a BBC journalist and UN spokesperson and director of communication.
Evidence of a string of errors reignites anger against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps for the tragic downing of the flight.
With the main centres of power in Iran now firmly in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard, reconciliation with the US is near impossible.
Eradicating terror from Afghanistan remains the top priority, but all sides must now agree on methods.
In Iran, hardliners have won not because of widespread support, but because of widespread apathy.
The downing of the Ukrainian airliner, a harsh crackdown on protests and a drastic vetting system could mean Iranians stay home in large numbers on election day.
US-Iranian absolutism could have been mitigated had the European Union and the United Nations shown some teeth over the last two years
The more likely scenarios are that Tehran would revert to nuclear enrichment and follow Ayatollah Khamenei’s call for 'maximum pressure' on the US.
The rap singer articulated citizen discontent over the killings of protesters in November and his songs went viral, resonating with disgruntled Iranians.
The US and Iran must move past the politics of vengeance and enmity.
A Chinese investment pledge to the tune of a whopping $400 billion puts a wrench in American plans to isolate Iran - but what will it cost Iran?
Since the US quit the nuclear deal with Iran, there has never been a better time for the two to sit down and talk.
The latest tit for tat between the UK and Iran has underlined that following Trump is a recipe for dangerous brinkmanship.
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