With the election of Raisi, Tehran has entered a new phase, more intense in its efforts to abolish dissent and under complete control of revolutionary powers.
Social media is already widely restricted in Iran but a controversial censorship bill could choke public debate even further.
The restricted field may further dim the clerical establishment’s hopes of a high turnout amid growing public frustration over economic hardship and political restrictions.
Could the leaked Javad Zarif tape end up inadvertently giving centrists and reformists a greater chance in the upcoming elections?
President Rouhani wants perpetrators behind allegedly stolen recording of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif found as officials call "theft of documents a conspiracy against the government".
In a leaked audio tape, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif complains the elite Revolutionary Guard had more influence in foreign affairs and the country's nuclear dossier than him.
The UK has decided to cut aid to victims of the conflict but won't stop selling arms to those perpetrating large scale atrocities against civilians.
Iranian hardliners may see every progressive delay in nuclear talks as a signal to take one step back.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told European allies that the US is prepared to talk to Iran about both countries returning to compliance with a 2015 deal that aims to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
The removal of Anwar Gargash, who has long been the face of Emirati foreign policy, is part of a larger push to consolidate power within a tighter circle.
As future of 2015 deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme hangs in the balance following US elections, Qatar’s foreign minister meets his Iranian counterpart in an attempt to bring Tehran and pact cosignatories closer to a solution.
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.
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