Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

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The execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has triggered a predictable diplomatic crisis.

Iran immediately condemned the move, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was attacked by angry demonstrators, and Saudi Arabia then severed diplomatic ties with the country. On Monday, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates followed suit. Yet despite the war of words, it is important to remember that this crisis is merely a microcosm of a wider geopolitical chess game between Saudi Arabia and Iran. And it might also need some outside help to prevent it escalating further.

Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia must have known that the execution of a senior Shia cleric would exacerbate existing grievances within the region, especially with Shia-dominated Iran.…  Seguir leyendo »

Amid severe funding cuts to Britain’s defence budget and entrenched opposition to any new war, now is the time to stress the merits of diplomacy to forestall international conflict.

As I write this, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu is touring America to advocate military confrontation with Iran. This is his second pro-war PR tour and the second time his request has been rejected by senior US officials.

In the meantime, Iran has proposed a new round of talks with the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN security council, plus Germany) to move the negotiations further. Britain and the EU have a pivotal role to play in these negotiations if they revert to a rather more proactive, positive diplomacy vis-à-vis Iran on the one side and the US on the other.…  Seguir leyendo »