Iran

Iran can’t be trusted

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Iran is, beyond doubt, a sponsor of terrorism and this week it has been made much stronger. It has (again)…

Portrait of the week

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Home The government postponed a Commons vote on relaxing the Hunting Act in England and Wales after the Scottish National…

Some good came out of the negotiating chamber this week, but it concerned Iran rather than Greece

18 July 2015 9:00 am

As an occasional lecturer on the abstruse topic of the efficacy of sanctions in conflict resolution, I find myself much…

Why Saudi Arabia is kicking back against the USA

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why America’s once-cautious ally suddenly looks so skittish

Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Assassinate its leadership, destroy its sense of destiny

Forget Geneva: the real US-Iran carve-up is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015 9:00 am

While Obama talks centrifuges in Geneva, Iranian-backed militia are redrawing the map of Iraq

Portrait of the week

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Home The man seen in several Islamic State videos of hostages being beheaded, nicknamed Jihadi John by the British press,…

Roman mosaic from Pompeii depicting Darius III at the Battle of Issus (333 BC), in which he was defeated by Alexander the Great

Darius III: Alexander’s stooge

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The ‘Great Kings’ of Persia were renowned for their good looks and imposing stature, but they will always, throughout history, be eclipsed by the Greeks, says Tom Holland

Please, Cameron – no moral grandstanding over Iraq

21 June 2014 8:00 am

If there’s a bright spot in the murky mess of Iraq, it’s that finally we have a war that it…

Is Hamas finally losing its grip on Gaza?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

The party is out of favour with its foreign neighbours and with ordinary Gazans

Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East's 30 year war

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Sunni vs Shia, Saudi Arabia vs Iran. A new great war has begun

The Navigators

11 January 2014 9:00 am

The 2014 winner of The Spectator’s award for unconventional travel writing

Vive la France! Everyone else, led by Obama, is capitulating to Iran

16 November 2013 9:00 am

President Obama’s flagship foreign policy of ‘leading from behind’ has had some surprising consequences. Not least among them is that…

A place of paranoia, secrecy, corruption, hypocrisy and guilt

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Is he a good writer? Is he pro-regime?’ an Iranian journalist in London once asked me of Hooman Majd. Majd…

As an Anglican ex-bishop, I can tell you: Iran's new president could be our best hope for peace

27 July 2013 9:00 am

If President Hassan Rouhani is anything like his mentor, peace has another chance

China: the Middle East’s new power broker

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Could China be the key to peace between Israel and Iran?

Review: Stir yourself — I am Nasrine is far from an Earnestly Grim Wrist Slitter

15 June 2013 9:00 am

I Am Nasrine is one of those small, low-budget films showing somewhere awkward on a day and time that probably…

Norman Lamont’s diary: Green shoots, George Osborne and Mark Carney

25 May 2013 9:00 am

I was surprised to be told, by the editor of this magazine, that next week will mark the 20th anniversary…

Peter Oborne should stop apologising for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

4 May 2013 9:00 am

There was an extraordinary meeting of the Juche Ideas Study Group (England) in London last week, held to commemorate the…

If there was ever a time to intervene in Syria, it has passed

4 May 2013 9:00 am

A western intervention might never have worked. But it certainly won’t now

Little Britain

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The foreign news pages read increasingly like some terrible satire on western military decline. Two years ago French and British…

Man with a mission

3 March 2012 9:00 am

He was a Persian aristocrat who struggled to make his country a democracy. Given to mood swings and sulks worthy…

A certain tragic allure

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Towards Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (1919–1980), the last or most recent Shah of Iran, there are two principal attitudes.