Why Did Iran Invite the Taliban to peace talks?
Less than a week after Ali Shamkhani returned to Tehran, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi announced that representatives of the Taliban had visited Tehran and that the Afghan government was aware of the visit.
Washington and Tehran turn to hidden diplomacy
After Donald Trump took office, Obama and Rouhani's previous diplomatic efforts and rapprochement were apparently ignored, and the two countries cut off their relations, seemingly reluctant to improve the situation... but perhaps there is more to the situation than meets the eye. Frequent tweets betw
Iran-Turkey Energy Relations After US Withdraw JCPOA
With the onset of EU/US sanctions on Iran's energy sector, the country’s oil and gas production capacity decreased dramatically. Following the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), however, is was hoped that the country would be provided with an opportunity to attract more foreign investment, not least that which would allow it to recover its oil and gas production capacity.