Both the US and Iran are reluctant to make the first move towards talks and if it remains that way a third-party should initiate contact before tensions reach a boiling point.
Security crises in the Persian Gulf will become increasingly high-stakes as the lack of communication between Iran and the US and its allies can trigger misinformation, perceived threats and potentially military confrontation.
European countries say they wanted to preserve Iran's nuclear deal and rejected "ultimatums" from Tehran, after Iran scaled back curbs on its nuclear programme and threatened moves that might breach the pact.
Israel can operate with impunity in Gaza and its allies will file it under its 'right to defend' itself without anyone extending those same rights to Palestinians.
As Beijing and Washington head for another - and probably final - round of trade talks, here’s a recap of what has already happened.
If history is anything to go by then Saudi Arabia's executions of thirty-seven Saudis, most believed to be Shia, could incite anger in the region and a response from Iran.
Speaking at a news conference with his Polish and Romanian counterparts, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is taking the utmost care to ensure that the S-400 system is under full Turkish control.
The decision to label the IRGC as a terrorist organisation is unnecessarily provocative from the Trump administration.
Part V: Traitors to the Islamic Republic - this is the fifth 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.
The US administration has dropped any pretence of following diplomatic norms or international law and Ankara has called them on it every step of the way.
Despite the growing Saudi-Israel friendship, Israel came out with a strong criticism against the US government's plan to sell nuclear technology to the Sunni-majority kingdom.
As European Union member states are caught between NATO and an internal European defence union, more states might be turning towards bilateral arrangements that undermine the core principles of the EU.
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