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.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
Recent statements from within Iran point towards a showdown with the US, but one that hopes to sway domestic politics too.
Speculation about the health of Iran’s Supreme Leader have thrown a spotlight on what - and who - comes next for the Islamic republic.
There is a small window of opportunity between President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and presidential elections in Iran that would be ideal for negotiations.
Tehran maintains its ‘policy doesn’t change with presidents’ and will drive a tougher bargain with US President-elect Joe Biden before resuming talks over its nuclear program.
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.
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