A Monitor reporter sits down with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri in his mansion as he discusses the legacy of his father and a fresh push for reconciliation.
The Islamic republic is unlikely to change its foreign policy or nuclear program, no matter who comes out on top. But the crisis could change Arab relations with the US and Iraq.
If the mass protests in Iran succeed in bringing about change, it could produce a better neighbor – but also set a dangerous precedent for oppressive regimes.
Damascus sees the move as a concrete indication that Obama is serious about improving ties. The US hopes to use Syrian leverage against Iran and Hezbollah.
The president responded to critics who accused him of not condemning Iran's crackdown of pro-democracy protesters. But he also kept his options open.
The incumbent president will be easier to isolate than reformist leader Mr. Mousavi, say some leading Israeli policymakers.
Chávez has announced his support for the Iranian president's claim of election victory. The two leaders have developed close ties based on mutual animosity to the US.
The president offers little support for protestors to avoid alienating Iran’s supreme leader ahead of nukes talks.