Ali Vaez, director of the International Crisis Group's Iran Project, talked with The World’s host Marco Werman about how sustained protests in Iran may be impacting the power of the so-called "morality police."
Sanctions on Iran have squeezed the economy since the 1970s, and since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, they have been ratcheting up. Some Iranians are ready to cut and run but others are waiting out the economic storm.
Diplomacy is often awkward, stymied by translators, late nights and unsecured yurt communication (yes, that really happened). But diplomacy can also stop a war, as years of secret and not-so-secret negotiations between the US and Iran proved when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached in 2015.
The US has told five countries that they must stop buying Iranian oil. But China may continue to import Iranian crude, despite Washington's protests.
2013 was a historic year in US-Iran relations. For the first time in 34 years leaders of the two countries spoke on the phone.
For years, PSA — the company that makes Peugeot and Citroen cars — got around the Iranian embargo by selling Tehran what it called car “kits.” But it pulled the plug last year, under growing pressure to honor the embargo. PSA is now struggling and letting workers go. An Iran deal might just change that.
The deal reached between Iran and international powers made headlines all around the world. In Iran, a usually divided media found common ground over this turn of events.
When Iran's nuclear negotiator arrived for talks in Geneva with severe back pain, the tone of the talks probably got a boost.
When sitting at a table for talks with Iranians, what might seem trivial to Western diplomats could turn out to be deemed politically incorrect by the Iranians.
US military operations around the world - including the covert drone program - are continuing for now, untouched by the shutdown. But the nation's top intelligence official warns the crisis "seriously damages our ability to protect the safety and security of this nation."
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cautioning against believing anything that Iranians say, and Israeli-Iranian radio host wants Israel to hear more Iranian voices. He's hosted a radio show for 50 years that encouraged regular Iranians to call in.