Donald Trump’s Cabinet of Disruption

April 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal only serves the interests of the radical conservatives in Iran. President Donald J. Trump has consistently engineered chaos inside the government and within the American society in order to establish norms and rules that...

Democratizing Iran: Khatami’s Grand Strategy

June 11, 2013

Khatami's non-confrontational stance towards Ayatollah Khamenei serves as part of his grand-strategy for a political comeback. Mohammed Khatami has once again taken a backseat in Iranian politics. The former (and only) reformist president from 1997-2005 has, for the second election in a row,...

Iran’s March to Naked Dictatorship?

May 28, 2013

In the next few weeks, the political trajectory of Iran for the next decade will be revealed. Trita Parsi examines the upcoming Iranian Presidential Election. The next few weeks in Iran — with the elections and the political drama around it — can prove decisive in determining whether a...

The Green Movement Before the Iranian Presidential Election

May 28, 2013

By disqualifying former President Rafsanjani from Iran’s presidential election, the Guardian Council may have helped to unite the split Green Movement. In order to become a broad-based opposition, however, the movement needs to overcome multiple obstacles and go beyond the scope it had in...