Robin Wright's Blog

The Nuclear Deal’s Adversaries Back Home

July 8, 2015
Robin Wright (for The New Yorker) Campaigns against a deal are already in full swing in both Washington and Tehran. If an agreement eventually emerges, both parties will have to sell it to constituencies that remain skeptical because of the even more tortured history between the two countries—…

The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators

June 29, 2015
Robin Wright (for The New Yorker) The historic nuclear diplomacy taking place in Vienna’s elegant Coburg Palace has roots in a gritty war between Iran and Iraq that ended more than a quarter of a century ago. Iran suffered more than a hundred and fifty thousand dead between 1980 and 1988. In…

“Madam Secretary” and the Real Iran Deal

May 11, 2015
An American flag was flown in Tehran last weekend--and, in a first, wasn't set on fire. My piece in @NewYorker. http://t.co/zfDMZeJHQD— Robin Wright (@wrightr) May 6, 2015  In a new article for The New Yorker, Robin Wright reports that officials involved in nuclear talks say that diplomacy is…

The Test in Tikrit

March 10, 2015
Robin Wright (for The New Yorker) “Victory [in Tikrit] will not be decided on the battlefield. More important to the ultimate success of the campaign will be how Baghdad proceeds politically in Saddam’s home town—both in creating a climate where the Sunnis will not feel defeated and in using…

Iran's Dinner Diplomacy

October 3, 2014
Robin Wright (for The New Yorker)           Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani, did not shake hands with Barack Obama at the United Nations this week, a year after their celebrated cell-phone chat. The two men didn’t even pass each other in the hallway. But Rouhani did give a quiet dinner at his…

Iran's Dissidents, Released But Not Freed

June 11, 2014
Robin Wright(Excerpt from The New Yorker)            Rouhani’s victory, an upset, spawned great expectations of change. A pragmatic centrist, he campaigned on the promise of “hope and prudence.” After the election, in a series of speeches and tweets, he pledged new freedoms and challenged past…

Singing Amy Winehouse in Tehran

May 27, 2014
Robin Wright (for The New Yorker)      For decades, both before and after his 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini railed against “Westoxication”—the poisoning of Iran’s Islamic society by Western culture. The new theocracy banned everything from music and dancing to modern art. Tehran’s National…

Javad Zarif on Iran’s Nuclear Negotiations

May 27, 2014
Robin Wright (for the The New Yorker)       Iran and the six powers must address points of contention on virtually every aspect of a nuclear deal, from the future of suspect facilities to accounting for past programs, but Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has been noticeably upbeat about…

Thousands Suffer from Chemical Weapons Quarter Century Later

January 28, 2014
            The following article first appeared in Time magazine.Robin Wright           Hassan Hassani Sa’di has been dying from chemical weapons for almost 30 years. The Iranian still remembers the moment he realized Iraqi warplanes were dropping more than regular bombs. “I knew,” he says, “…

Zarif: Sanctions Would Kill Nuclear Deal

December 11, 2013
            The following article first appeared in Time magazine.  Robin Wright       In a wide-ranging interview with TIME in Tehran on Dec. 7, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif spoke to writer and Iran expert Robin Wright about how the Geneva nuclear deal came together, how the…