Does Iran Pose a Threat to the Horn of Africa?

September 23, 2020

Ever since 1979, Iran has pursued its interests in the Horn of Africa. To Tehran, this volatile and impoverished part of Africa has represented a region where it could gain strategic depth and undermine agendas of countries seeking to weaken and isolate the Islamic Republic.

The US Policy against Iran Is Strategically Illogical

May 14, 2019

The Trump administration remains seemingly undecided on what its goals on Iran really are. Hostility between the United States and Iran has evolved ever since Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear deal agreed between the Iranians and the P5+1 group...

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...

Could Iran Be at Risk of Another Revolution?

February 11, 2019

Reformers have tried to modernize Iran for decades, but have failed mainly due to the country's powerful theocracy. Iran’s ruling clergy are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution, during which Shia Islamists, led by religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, toppled...

Frustration in Iran Leads to Fallout Online

January 18, 2019

Iranian youths want to speak their mind and express their frustration, but are doing so in counterproductive ways. Iranian society is divided more than ever. Social fragmentation stems from a range of issues, including foreign policy failures, widespread corruption, a lack of transparency,...

Iran Is Not North Korea

January 14, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Ali Vaez, the Iran project director of the International Crisis Group. The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was one of the most controversial decisions of...

Reflections Upon Visiting Iran

September 01, 2016

Tehran is an impressive city, says John Weru in this travel blog. It’s 2015 and I write this from a balcony in Velenjak, a northern neighborhood in Tehran. Earlier today, we watched with our host as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Vienna,...

In a Region of Division, Nowruz Brings Unity

March 25, 2016

The Persian New Year, celebrated by diverse ethnic groups around the world, is a time to reflect and reconcile. The Middle East sits on a keg of gunpowder. Sectarian tensions, armed conflicts, violent extremism and foreign intervention continue to undermine the security of a region long coveted...

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...

Mission Accomplished: Tehran and Washington Trigger a Diplomatic Coup

January 24, 2016

The “diplomatic coup” triggered by Iran and the US has given rise to a new era in Tehran’s relations with the international community. The whole episode began in 2013 when a moderate, pragmatic cleric, popularly known as the “Diplomat Sheikh,” replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the...

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