Rouhani’s Iran: Striking the Balance Between Continuity and Change

February 21, 2014

Is Rouhani really Ayatollah Gorbachev? Analysts have been quick to make assumptions about President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic maneuvers, translating his diplomatic skills as reminiscent of Mikhail Gorbachev’s era of Perestroika and Glasnost. Jochen Bittner of Die...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

January 23, 2014

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 2/2)

January 04, 2014

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran. Hezbollah has been deeply involved in the urban fighting alongside the Syrian regime. As argued by analysts at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hezbollah is suffering human losses which...

Which Iran Will We Choose?

December 23, 2013

Collaboration with Iran on scientific projects can facilitate a comprehensive nuclear deal. The historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 1/2)

December 22, 2013

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran.   Few policy makers in the United States conceal the fact that the Obama administration would like to use the intention of Iranian authorities — to normalize their relations with the West — to restore political...

US-Iran Relations: Changing the Discourse

December 19, 2013

The time is ripe for restructuring American discourse on Iran. The landmark interim accord between the P5+1 and Iran has generated a storm of speculation. Critics have voiced outrage, echoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claim that the agreement marks a “historic...

The Iran Deal: Real Progress or a Historic Mistake?

December 14, 2013

The nuclear deal has to be seen by its wider regional context. Background In the early hours of November 24, 2013, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany – signed an interim agreement for six months on Iran’s nuclear program. Ever since the...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

October 31, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of October. The US has long seen itself as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” The Statue of Liberty has long been an icon that has defined the country.  Yes, there are warts in this myth. The Native Americans were...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

September 30, 2013

Pledge $1 to keep us going. Back in 1939, September was the month when World War II broke out. So in 2013, it is reassuring to see that the US and Iran might be beginning their first tentative steps to rest the ghosts of 1953 and 1979. The former scarred Iran because the CIA was influenced by...

Rouhani’s Surprising Election

June 17, 2013

Rouhani’s surprising victory in the presidential election represents a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. Hassan Rouhani’s surprising first round victory in the presidential elections represents  a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. In a field...

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