Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
Within Tehran’s divided and vengeful establishment, the race is on to avoid blame. But the regime as a whole has been found wanting.
It isn’t obvious that his foreign policy has been less effective than George W.Bush’s activism or Obama’s passivity. But what’s his aim here?
He insists that he stands ready to quit in Johnson’s favour, now that the latter has won his by-election. But the moment never quite seems to arrive…
He could soon preside over a full-scale proxy war, or else do the Nixon-to-China routine with Rouhani. There is simply no way of knowing.
Plus: Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani meet at the Three Wise Monkeys Summit – hear no evil, see no evil…and evil. Guess which is which.
We are so preoccupied with Brexit and Putin that we may have missed the significance of the President’s latest sacking-and-replacement.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
De-certification of nuclear agreement could lead world leaders to conclude that such deals with the United States are not worth the candle.
In the race between democratisation and the bomb, this deal buys time for democracy
A nuclear deal should not be struck at the expense of the women and minorities that are oppressed by the regime.
Politically repressive, religiously moderate, pro-capitalist in thinking and ex-communist in feel, the country is bound up with British jobs, interests and prosperity.