Raman Ghavami

Raman Ghavami is an analyst based in London and the Middle East. He has worked for various social and political organizations across the Middle East and Europe. He is currently working for a consultancy firm based in the United Kingdom with a focus on insurgency and counterinsurgency. Ghavami holds an MA in International Relations.

It's Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat

Jun 21, 2019

Attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman are an effort to signal to the rest of the world that no one is beyond Iran’s reach. There is a tendency in Western policymaking circles to view the consequences of Iran’s actions as being confined to the Middle East. Recent attacks on oil tankers in the … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Without Ethnic Minorities, Regime Change in Iran Will Remain a Distant Hope

Apr 04, 2019

Iran’s history shows that its ethnic minorities have always been the Achilles’ heel for any regime. On February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile and, 10 days later, 2,500 thousand years of monarchy came to an end. Although the majority of those who started the revolution against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi were … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Has Iran Violated the Nuclear Deal?

Mar 20, 2019

In an interview, the head of Iran’s atomic agency seems to have suggested Tehran has used the JCPOA to develop its nuclear capabilities. On February 18, the head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency visited Israel to discuss Iran’s nuclear activity. Amid concerns that Tehran may be preparing to breach the conditions of the 2015 agreement, the … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Iran Threatens to Use Foreign Fighters against Its Own People

Mar 12, 2019

Tehran’s threat to use foreign fighters against its own people is a clear indication that many in the Iranian security forces will not follow orders if mass protests erupt. On March 6, Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, threatened, if necessary, to bring in foreign fighters to prevent an overthrow of the government. Speaking … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Why Did Javad Zarif Resign?

Mar 01, 2019

Amid tension in Tehran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tried to resign from his post. The ongoing saga of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shows how chaotic the government has become. On February 25, he announced his resignation via Instagram, stating: “I apologize for not being able to continue in the post and for all the … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Amnesty International Calls 2018 the "Year of Shame" for Iran

Feb 06, 2019

Since December 2017, the authorities in Iran have intensified their crackdown, specifically targeting journalists, social media and women’s rights activists, Ahwazi Arabs, Kurds and their families. In a recent summary of human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director, Philip Luther, referred to … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

How Iran’s Propaganda Machine Succeeds in the West

Dec 10, 2018

Iran has been successful in dividing public opinion in the West over supporting the Iranians’ struggle for freedom and democracy. When the 1979 Revolution in Iran was still in its nascent phase, the majority of the groups involved were secular and left-wing. However, the religious factions ultimately took over and established the Islamic Republic of … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Independence is the Last Option for the Kurds

Sep 24, 2017

The Kurds are unlikely to back down unless they receive an alternative deal, but this is unlikely to come from Baghdad. The year was 1639. For the first time in their history, the Kurds of present-day Iran were separated from their brethren due to a treaty signed by the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. The final … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Terror Attack Exposes Weakness of Iranian National Security

Jun 17, 2017

The recent terrorist attack in Iran has exposed the fragility of the country’s security. On June 7, terrorism came to Tehran as 17 people were killed and many more wounded. While the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed the attack as mere “fireworks,” in reality it shocked the nation and has revealed that internal security … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

Iranian Election: A Choice Between Bad or Worse

May 17, 2017

Even if he wins the Iranian election, the realities of today will make it difficult for President Rouhani to achieve social and political reform. The Iranian presidential election on May 19 has been shaped by sociopolitical changes, the need for a successor to the supreme leader, the rise of nationalism and the nuclear deal. There … Continue reading "It’s Time the World Wakes Up to Iran’s Threat"

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