Columns

Four key factors shape the relations between the two countries: oil, Iran, religion, but the most important one lies in Washington

Alexey Khlebnikov

One week since the Kurdish independence vote, regional stakeholders need a more innovative policy toward the question of Kurdish independence in Iraq to prevent this powder keg from exploding

Reza Marashi

Corbyn’s transformation from muppet to master of all he surveys is remarkable and it holds clear lessons for the battered battalions of the Arab Spring

David Hearst

Following the stunning advance of Germany's far right in last month's elections, the challenge facing political actors is how to isolate racist speech, and combat the populist fever that has invaded the political scene

Hossam Shaker

A weakened Hamas, Gaza public opinion in favour of any deal and a chronic security problem in Egypt’s Sinai are why Palestinian reconciliation efforts will succeed this time

Azzam Tamimi

The former socialist presidential candidate challenged President Sisi's most unpopular decision - on the Red Sea islands handover - and has now paid for it with a jail sentence

Rania Al Malky

One thing unites an Israeli right-wing coalition partner, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: the realisation that the two-state solution has been superseded by the reality of one state

Meron Rapoport

The England cricketer is an impeccable professional who never compromises his Muslim identity and values

Peter Oborne

In an interview and speech, the Democratic socialist senator questioned US aid to Israel and its alliance with Saudi Arabia, marking a radical break with US policy

Richard Silverstein

If Washington decides to decertify Iran's compliance on the 2015 deal, then the world could soon face a second nuclear crisis

Maysam Behravesh