A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

June 04, 2019

The portrayal of the United States as a hostile adversary has helped hard-line conservatives to maintain their position within Iran's political system over the past 40 years. In the first week of May, the Trump administration accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the...

The End of the Iran Nuclear Deal

May 10, 2019

Iran’s economy is set to plunge and the much strained JCPOA with it. But the Islamic Republic will likely remain defiant. Iran’s announcement on May 8 that it will “partially” withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — aka the Iran nuclear deal concluded in 2015...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Prepared”

January 04, 2018

From the DRC to Iran, should we prepare ourselves for the “death of the king”? Joseph Kabila, the president of the somewhat Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), appears increasingly allergic to the idea of elections contained in the nation’s constitution. The government’s allergic...

Iranians Protest for Change

January 02, 2018

As Iranians rally in anti-government protests, President Rouhani encourages his people to remain united. What began as local demonstrations against Iran’s economic crisis have morphed into violent protests. High inflation and rising prices have brought Iranians to the streets around the...

Post-Sanctions Iran: China-Inspired Dream or Soviet-Style Collapse?

September 14, 2016

Iran’s short-term future depends on Rouhani’s current reform attempts and the upcoming American and Iranian elections. Iran’s nuclear deal with the six major world powers, implemented in January 2016, has fueled much speculation both inside and outside the country. Many are hopeful that...

What’s at Stake in the Iranian Election?

February 24, 2016

Without a cooperative parliament, Rouhani will find it difficult to follow through on promises to restore the economy and enact human rights reform. The election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013 brought hope to many Iranians. The historic agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, its...

Washington’s Diplomatic Touch in Talking to the Enemy

February 03, 2016

Building confidence between adversaries is the first step in diplomacy. The Obama administration understands this well. When Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, was arrested in July 2014 in Iran, the motivations for his imprisonment were unclear. Iranian security...

Obama and Rouhani Win the Diplomatic Jackpot

January 20, 2016

The Middle East is hardly a cheery place these days. But there's one silver lining: The Iran deal is paying off big. In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, had passed back and forth between the...

Iranians Cheated by Rouhani’s Failed Promises

September 30, 2015

Over two years have passed since President Rouhani entered office, yet leaders of the Green Movement are still under house arrest. When Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president of Iran, asked the Iranian people to vote for Hassan Rouhani, many of us who have supported the reforms and...

Who Will Succeed Ayatollah Khamenei?

March 23, 2015

Rumors about the Iranian supreme leader’s health highlight uncertainty around his eventual successor. On March 8, images showing Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking in public were broadcast on state television, in an apparent attempt to end speculation in foreign media...

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