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  1. September 28, 2014

    Obama’s Faustian pact with the Saudis

    You go to war with the allies you have, not the ones you wish for, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld. President Barack Obama’s...

  2. September 25, 2014

    Rouhani charm offensive at UN fails to impress Iran’s hardliners

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive at the UN this week has raised the hopes of pro-reform politicians and...

  1. September 24, 2014

    David Cameron and Hassan Rouhani meet in UN amid signs of thaw

    British prime minister David Cameron on Wednesday met Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, the first such encounter...

  2. September 23, 2014

    UK builds backing for British military action on Isis

    Britain has welcomed the overnight strikes on Islamist militants in Syria with David Cameron, prime minister, due to meet US...

  3. September 8, 2014

    Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker, underwent prostate surgery on Monday, according...

  4. September 2, 2014

    Iran’s hardliners ready to exploit corruption trial

    For more than three decades, the family of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former conservative president, has been seen by...

  5. August 20, 2014

    Blow to Rouhani as Iran hardliners impeach reformist minister

    Hardline politicians in Iran struck a blow to centrist president Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday by impeaching his minister of...

  6. August 14, 2014

    Iranians back Rouhani’s efforts to tackle legacy of sanctions

    When Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s president this time last year, he pledged to pursue detente with the...

  7. August 13, 2014

    Iraq’s Sunnis split on prime ministerial nominee

    The man photographed kissing the hand of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani bears little resemblance to Iraq’s new prime...

  8. August 10, 2014

    Iranian passenger aircraft crashes in Tehran

    An Iranian passenger aircraft flying from Tehran crashed immediately after taking off, killing most of the passengers and...

  9. June 18, 2014

    ‘Shia Panic’: a buddy movie set in Iraq

    The crisis in Iraq is spurring talk of a new collaboration between Iran and the US, as the two longtime foes find a common...

  10. June 17, 2014

    Iraq crisis: US and Iran tread carefully to find solution

    Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the George W Bush administration received an offer of help from a surprising source –...

  11. June 16, 2014

    US rules out military co-operation with Iran over Sunni rebels

    The US on Monday held informal discussions with Iran about the crisis in Iraq but ruled out military co-operation to push...

  12. June 9, 2014

    Rouhani’s visit to Ankara lifts hopes for Turkey-Iran thaw

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani arrived in Turkey on Monday on a high-profile trip he hailed as a turning point –...

  13. June 2, 2014

    IAEA warns of unanswered questions ahead of Iran nuclear talks

    Questions about Iranian atomic military research will not be answered by the July 20 deadline international powers have set...

  14. June 2, 2014

    Iran sees Assad poll as victory over regional rivals

    For Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the certain victory of Bashar al-Assad in a presidential election on Tuesday is a...

  15. May 30, 2014

    Iran hampered over release of frozen oil revenues, says official

    Iran has been unable to access most of the $4.2bn worth of frozen oil revenues meant to be released under the interim...

  16. May 24, 2014

    Iran hangs businessman involved in a high-profile corruption case

    Iran has executed a businessman who was involved in a high-profile fraud case linked to former president Mahmoud...

  17. May 23, 2014

    Iran hardliners crack down on social media after ‘Happy’ video

    It is an old tactic: whenever pro-reform forces are in power in Iran, conservatives play up the spectre of a “cultural...

  18. The World

    May 21, 2014

    Not so Happy in Tehran

    Happiness is a threat in the Islamic Republic, especially to conspiracy-minded hardliners. Since these fundamentalists lost...

  19. May 20, 2014

    China reinvigorates regional clubs to counter US power

    Until a few days ago, most western diplomats in Beijing had never heard of a minor regional security conference established...

  20. May 16, 2014

    Human rights set aside while Rouhani seeks Iran nuclear agreement

    Elaheh Mojaradi spends most Mondays completing the lengthy paperwork required by Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for a...

  21. May 5, 2014

    Iran’s hardliners step up attacks on Rouhani over nuclear talks

    Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency began a two-day trip to Tehran on Monday as Iran’s hardliners...

  22. April 25, 2014

    Defiant Iranians take action to beat Rouhani’s fuel price rises

    Fuel prices in Iran jumped by up to 42 per cent on Friday in the latest of a series of measures taken by the centrist...

  23. April 22, 2014

    Iranian women’s rights remain hostage to political infighting

    In the female-only carriage of Tehran underground, about half a dozen women peddlers elbow their way through the crowd...

  24. April 11, 2014

    Row over Iranian diplomat revives memories of old battles

    Shortly after his phone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last September, Barack Obama talked about “the prospect...

  25. March 27, 2014

    Sculptor finds himself in the crossfire of Iran’s culture wars

    When officials from Tehran municipality broke into the house of Iran’s most celebrated visual artist to remove works they...

  26. March 24, 2014

    In new cold war, Russia can hit America where it hurts – on Iran

    As Russia sped ahead with the annexation of Crimea and the US drew up more sanctions to punish Moscow, American and Russian...

  27. March 19, 2014

    Grim economic outlook overshadows Iran’s new year festivities

    As the old year draws to a close in Iran, Haji Firouz, entertainers with soot-covered faces and shiny red outfits, carry on...

  28. March 18, 2014

    Iran warns of tough choices ahead for west on nuclear talks

    Western powers will have to “spend copious amounts of political capital” to get a nuclear deal with Iran done, foreign...

  29. March 14, 2014

    Cameras roll again for Iran’s film-makers

    Four years on from his self-imposed exile from film-making, veteran director Bahman Farmanara is back in the director’s...

  30. March 13, 2014

    Iran’s Hassan Rouhani seals gas deal during visit to Oman

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has concluded an official trip to Oman by signing a long-awaited deal to supply natural gas...

  31. March 6, 2014

    Iran launches insurance plan to tackle high healthcare costs

    As they wait anxiously outside the operating theatre, the family of Maahi-Tala, a 43-year-old housewife diagnosed with a...

  32. February 19, 2014

    Ayatollah Khamenei calls for ‘economic jihad’ in Iran

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for an “economic jihad” to mobilise his country against the...

  33. February 16, 2014

    Iran nuclear talks need to build trust on both sides

    Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum on dealing with the Soviet Union was to “trust, but verify”. But according to the US Senator...

  34. February 11, 2014

    Hassan Rouhani fends off Iran’s hardliners . . . for now

    Peace seemed to have broken out in the Islamic Republic following last summer’s surprise election of Hassan Rouhani....

  35. FT Photo Diary

    February 11, 2014

    Rouhani in Freedom Square

    ATTA KENARE/AFP Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech on Tuesday during a rally in Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom)...

  36. February 6, 2014

    Iran puts hope in South Pars gasfield development

    Oil and gas rich Iran is rationing gas as heavy snow blankets much of the country and the cold weather prompts a rise in...

  37. The World

    February 6, 2014

    The struggle under the Persian carpet: infighting in Iran

    Winston Churchill once famously described watching Soviet politics from abroad as “like watching two dogs fighting under a...

  38. February 5, 2014

    Political tensions over nuclear deal spill over in Iran

    Tensions between Iran’s hardliners and the centrist government of Hassan Rouhani erupted publicly on Wednesday when the...

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