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Ripped From the Headlines: History
A guide to understanding the wider context behind stories in the news.
The Iranian nuclear crisis has dominated world politics since the beginning of the century, with Iran now facing increasing diplomatic isolation, talk of military strikes against its nuclear facilities and a disastrous Middle East war.
China • France • Germany • Europe • Iran • Russia • Great Britain • USA
On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union (EU), and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.
What is the relationship between the U.S. and Iran? The United States' rocky history with Iran includes the orchestration of a military coup in 1953, the hostage crisis of 1979, and the Iran-Contra affair of the mid 1980s. Since the Islamic Revolution, relations have been strained to say the least, mostly characterized by distrust and animosity.
This critical review of the history of America's relations with Iran shows how little of the two countries' long and complicated relationship is reflected in the foundational axioms of the "Great Satan" myth.
How does the Iran Nuclear Deal affect the surrounding countries? Saudi Arabia and many Middle Eastern countries vigorously oppose Iran's nuclear program. Iran's support of the oppressive Syrian regime and it status as a majority Shia (as opposed to Sunni) country further complicates the issue (though many countries in the Middle East have large Shia populations, Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain are the only ones with a Shia majority).