Is Iran Back in the Game?
Prospect, August 10, 2016
An exhibition of Qajar Photographs in New York
new york review of books, january 5, 2016
These early Iranian photographs are full of humanity and frailty
Safe to Invest? Prospects for the Iranian economy
prospect, october, 2015
What does the world's last frontier economy hold for western investors?
'Not Like Argo' - the travails of a tour guide in Iran
the guardian, july 7, 2015
In the spring, I accompanied a dozen well-heeled westerners across Iran, as the tour 'expert,' only to be reminded that the country remains almost as unfathomable to me as it seemed to them. A Foreign Press Awards-nominated piece for the Long Reads section of the Guardian.
Iran and the Bomb: the Endgame
the new york review of books, february 5, 2015
In the New York Review of Books, I show how one solution to the nuclear impasse may be no solution at all.
Nuclear talks: Why Tehran must be brought in from the cold
THE GUARDIAN, OCTOBER 2, 2014
My opinion piece argues for the West to modify its hostility towards Iran in the interests of the whole of the Middle East.
A Ding-Dong in Foreign Affairs with Ray Takeyh
Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014
Ray Takeyh thinks the coup of 1953 wasn't a coup. I think it was.
Iran: a New Deal?
New York Review of Books. April 24, 2014
Reportage from Tehran on the Diplomatic Prospects. Four years after the elimination of Iran’s reformists, a deal to end Iran's isolation is on the cards, as I discovered in Tehran.
A Bride for a Jackass
London Review of Books, March 25, 2010
A reissue of Vita Sackville-West’s Twelve Days in Persia prompts a reappraisal of her winsome travelogue.
Farideh’s Garden: A Tale of horticulture in Tehran
Journal of the Iran Society, vol 2, no. 8
In the summer of 2006 I found myself engaged as a gardener for Farideh Rahnama, the idiosyncratic owner of one of Tehran’s last private mansions.
The Persian Difference
The New York Review of Books. December 15, 2005.
My review of a historic exhibition of Iranian art at the British Museum.
The Martyrdom of Hossein Kharrazi
London Review of Books. January 2, 2003.
A rare look at the effects of the Iran-Iraq war on the Iranian psyche.
The central Iranian town of Isfahan gave tens of thousands of martyrs in the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. For this piece I tracked down veterans and their families.
Who Rules Iran
New York Review of Books, June 27, 2002.
I spent part of 2002 in Qom, nerve centre of Iran’s revolutionary state.