Iran

“The nuclear agreement is the best deal that Iran could have hoped for”

Efraim Karsh’s book on the creation of the modern Middle East is timely but overstates his case

‘It is tempting to pretend that the mayhem unleashed by the Arab Spring will somehow not affect us. It will. It already does’

Obama’s foreign policy has been defined by a failure to hold his ground against determined foes. The deal with Iran is his latest capitulation

‘The gulf between Israel and the Obama administration will continue after Netanyahu’s re-election’

‘It seems a little early for me to give my trust and travellers cheques to Iran, merely on the promise that the new leader smiles more than the last’

“The Obama White House has bought into Iran’s narrative that there is a convergence of interests over Islamic State in Syria and Iraq”

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, and his new administration want to save the Islamic Revolution, not reform it

‘Thanks to sanctions, the West was winning the race against a nuclear Iran. There is a good chance now that Iran will be the victor’

‘The United States and other powers appear resigned to conceding, in the final stage of a future agreement with Iran, that Tehran has a right to enrich uranium’