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Barbara Slavin
Barbara Slavin is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington Correspondent for, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as Assistant Managing Editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, Senior Diplomatic Reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo Correspondent for the Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review. She has covered such key foreign policy issues as the US-led war on terrorism, policy toward "rogue" states, the Iran-Iraq war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has traveled to Iran nine times. Slavin also served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she wrote Bitter Friends, and as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace, where she researched and wrote the report Mullahs, Money and Militias: How Iran Exerts Its Influence in the Middle East.

Entries by Barbara Slavin

'Portals' Opens New Channel Between U.S. and Iran

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 9:41 AM

I "visited" Iran the other day, but didn't need a visa or a plane ticket.

Through the magic of the Internet and sophisticated audiovisual technology, I chatted for 20 minutes with a young man in Tehran about the mood in society in anticipation of a historic nuclear...

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'Engineered' Iranian Elections Provide an Opening for Criticizing Status Quo

(127) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Iranian elections are hardly free or fair by Western standards. But even with limited choices and a heavily securitized environment, the brief presidential campaign is providing an outlet for harsh criticism of the status quo, including topics -- such as the nuclear file -- that are usually banished from public...

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New Book Chronicles the Travails of Ordinary Iranians

(6) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Sometimes overlooked in the long-running debate over Iran's nuclear program is the deteriorating situation of ordinary people contending with sanctions, other economic pressures and the daily indignities of living in the Islamic Republic.

The Iranian Chronicles, by a young Iranian Canadian law student, Ali Delforoush, tries to rectify this lapse...

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