Between progress and challenges: uncertainty for Iran’s energy sector at home and abroad
In 2017, Iran’s energy industry experienced a slightly better than normal year. Most notably, an international contract was signed with France’s Total and natural gas exports to Iraq were – finally – launched. At the same time, huge challenges remain. Internationally, uncertainty over the future of sanctions relief and the nuclear deal persists. Domestically, a debate over the involvement of the revolutionary guards in the Iranian economy has emerged. Against this backdrop, the paper reviews and discusses the most recent developments in Iranian energy.