Published Monday, January 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8208
The resignation of Saad Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister, then his withdrawal of that resignation drew attention to Lebanon's entanglement with the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for influence in the region.
Human rights in Iran
Published Thursday, October 5, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0175
This Debate Pack has been prepared for the debate on 'Human Rights in Iran', to be held in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 11 October 2017, from 9:30-11:00am, initiated by Theresa Villiers MP.
Syria and Iraq: update July 2017
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8011
The campaign for Mosul is making good progress and the re-conquest of Raqqah from ISIS is beginning. The Assad government looks as if it is here to stay, however.
British prisoners in Iran
Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0143
Debate pack for the Westminster Hall debate on British prisoners in Iran.
Yemen update June 2017
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8026
The UN says that Yemen is at risk of famine. The Export of UK-manufactured weapons and ammunition to Saudi Arabia remains controversial
Iran and the re-election of Rouhani
Published Thursday, June 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7983
Will Hassan Rouhani's thumping electoral victory in Iran bring broader change than he achieved in his first term? Will the deal on Iran's nuclear programme survive in the Trump era?
Iran's influence in the Middle East
Published Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0062
MPs will debate Iran's influence in the Middle East in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 22 March 2017 from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate has been initiated by Dr Matthew Offord MP.
Saudi Arabia update 2016
Published Thursday, December 1, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7781
The Middle East in turmoil and the Saudi ruling elite is in the process of generational change. The government's strategy of domestic economic transformation and foreign policy assertiveness while maintaining domestic restrictions is ambitious.
Relations between Britain and Iran
Published Friday, October 7, 2016 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2016-0176
The House of Commons Library prepares a briefing in hard copy and/or online for most non-legislative debates in the Chamber and Westminster Hall other than half-hour debates. Debate Packs are produced after the announcement of parliamentary business. They are intended to provide a summary or overview of the issue being debated and identify relevant briefings and useful documents, including press and parliamentary material. More detailed briefing can be prepared for Members on request to the Library.
The People's Mujahiddin of Iran (PMOI)
Published Monday, March 7, 2016 | Commons Briefing papers SN05020
The People's Mujahiddin of Iran (PMOI) or Mujahiddin e Khalq (MEK) is a group of exiled Iranians opposed to the government of Iran. It is a member of a wider coalition known as the National Council of Resistance in Iran. PMOI/MEK was put on to the Government's list of proscribed terrorist organisations in March 2001. This note describes the proscription of the PMOI in the UK and EU and subsequent removal of the organisation from both the UK and EU proscription lists in June 2008 and January 2009 respectively.
In brief: Iran
Published Monday, October 26, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7351
Iran is more in the news than ever, with its involvement in the Syrian conflict. This briefing paper is a summary of Iran's domestic politics, regional involvement and the nuclear deal.
The Lausanne Accord with Iran
Published Friday, October 16, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7178
The nuclear negotiations with Iran took a big step forward with the announcement of a framework for a full agreement, to be signed by the end of June 2015. Will they make it across the finishing line?
Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities
Published Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Lords In Focus LIF-2015-0025
This In Focus examines the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries regarding Iran’s nuclear capabilities. It also provides a background to the agreement and sets out some of the reaction to the deal.
ISIS and the sectarian conflict in the Middle East
Published Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Commons Briefing papers RP15-16
The radical jihadis of ISIS still control large areas of Iraq and Syria, despite the international campaign against them. But who are they really?
Negotiation with Iran: update May 2014
Published Friday, May 16, 2014 | Commons Briefing papers SN06890
An impoortant second stage of negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme started in May.