As the secular government eases its firm control over society, Islamic firms are increasingly cropping up.
Claimed by Lebanon and occupied by Israel, it will get new attention as the two countries' last remaining major dispute if a Hezbollah-Israeli prisoner swap is successful.
An IAEA team visits the site of an alleged nuclear weapons facility bombed by Israel in September.
Its improved standing poses challenge to US policy of isolation.
Iran's 'axis of resistance' may seem ascendant, but new chances for peace could redefine game in US's favor.
It was uniquely positioned to broker a deal this week between warring factions in Lebanon.
The two countries, after an eight-year hiatus, are talking about an Israeli withdrawal in exchange for peace.