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.
Pakistan is attempting a highwire balancing act between a set of contradictory regional actors and in the process is showing how difficult it will be for the government to maintain the momentum.
Part III: A Sign of Things to Come - this is the third in a series of articles that looks at how the Iranian Revolution came to be in 1979, and where it has led Iran over the course of four decades.
Part II: The Return - this is the second in a series of articles that looks at how the Iranian Revolution came to be in 1979, and where it has led Iran over the course of four decades.
Part I: The Day the Shah Left - this is the first in a series of articles that looks at how the Iranian Revolution came to be in 1979, and where it has led Iran over the course of four decades.
Some argue that Afghanistan isn't ready for a US withdrawal but the move allows the country greater independence to forge its own path forward - something it desperately needs.
Iran and the US have used Iraq as a staging ground for influence in the region, but the reality of the Iraqi political system is now showing the Americans the door.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt's recent visit to Iran is not likely to result in much unless the UK can help the Iranians soften the blow from US sanctions.
The Afghan people risk their lives to vote in the country's elections. Unfortunately, their leaders and the international community have completely failed to honour their sacrifices.
The abduction of 14 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps members is setting Iran and Pakistan on a collision path, despite both countries making an earnest effort to improve relations.
Iran sits back while Saudi Arabia's MBS goes from hero to zero in a spectacular fall from its lavishly funded grace. Many regular Iranians, however, are not so willing to engage in the schadenfreude.
The Americans militarily defeated the Taliban in quick time in 2001. But war is now in its seventeenth year and seen the resurgence of the Taliban, and the US nation-building project has failed miserably.
Iran is feeling the full brunt of US hostility, domestic political wrangling, and terror attacks. The Iranian people meanwhile are suffering under a buckling economy - where is this all heading?
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