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The Obama Administration Gambled On Tehran's Moderation -- And Failed

Saeed Ghasseminejad | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Saeed Ghasseminejad

Time and again, Khamenei has modified Iran's political system to strengthen his own power. In theory, he welcomes the public's participation in elections. In practice, he manipulates the system to forestall any effort at substantive change.

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Dubowitz

If the White House won't challenge Iran, Congress should do what it can to uphold America's commitments. Sanctions need to continue to target the regime's support for terrorism, ballistic-missile development, aid to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria and designated Shiite militias in Iraq, and human-rights abuses.

Volleyball in Iran: A litmus test for women's rights

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting asso...

U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran's Distrust

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

If the United States acts with ill intent and makes it difficult for Iran to receive the benefits it is due under the deal, then years of diplomacy will be undone and a zero-sum mentality will once again take hold between the two countries -- with disastrous consequences for the region.

Obama in the Gulf: Opportunity in Troubled Relations

James Dorsey | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

President Barak Obama has a challenge and an opportunity when he meets this week first with Saudi King Salman and then with the leaders of the six Gulf states. His challenge is to manage increasingly fundamentally diverging policy differences.

Do Fundamental Rights Matter to the EU?

Shadi Sadr | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Shadi Sadr

Some have argued that in the post-Iran-deal-era, the EU would prefer to engage Tehran with human rights dialogue rather than adopting aggressive strategies such as public statement or human rights sanctions. Yet, there is not a single piece of evidence to show such engagement.

Despite Threat Of Sanctions, Iran Tests Missiles Marked With The Phrase 'Israel Must Be Wiped Out'

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.09.2016 | World

DUBAI, March 9 (Reuters) - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday that it said were designed ...

Meeting the Tea Party in Tehran

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

It wouldn't be an Iranian election without an American interjection. As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors.

Iran Says It Will Resist Oil Output Limits As Part Of Global Pact

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.17.2016 | World

ANKARA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would resist any plan to restrain its oil output as fellow OPEC ministers tried to persuade the cou...

Iran's Reintegration into the World Economy as Sanctions are lifted; Not Too Fast!

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Iran's reintegration into the global economy with the lifting of economic sanctions brings great joy of Iranians but deep reservations to many Americans.

A litmus test for Iran on the world stage: sports and air transport

James Dorsey | Posted 02.08.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major node in an increasingly globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.

Iran and Britain: Bracing for a New Era of Redefined Relations

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

With prudence and a serious commitment to settle one of the most tedious diplomatic disputes of the post-Cold War era through negotiation and logic, Iran demonstrated that it's not a pariah state and deserves respect.

China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
James Dorsey

President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billions of dollars' worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years.

What Everyday Iranians Have To Say About The Deal Now That It’s A Reality

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.24.2016 | World

“The best resolution.” “A path to the progressive world.” “Nothing more than a piece of paper.” These are just some of the ways Iranians i...

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.22.2016 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

An Unshackled Iran Can Only Be Countered By a Firm Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

With the nuclear deal sealed and sanctions lifted, an unshackled Iran is now a reality. The region -- and the world at large -- now holds its breath in anticipation of what kind of global player the Islamic Republic wants to be.

U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran

Tyler Cullis | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Tyler Cullis

At this moment, Europe, Japan, and a host of the U.S.'s closest allies are sending trade delegations to Tehran to connect with their Iranian counterparts and snap up new business opportunities, all the while effectively reintegrating Iran with their own respective economies.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

"We Want to Be a Part of the World"

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Zoe Dolan

My favorite memory of Iran is this one: back in the city of Kerman, my very sexy, glimmering-eyed tour guide Vahid told me to stay in the hotel at night. So I waited for him to go to his room, and then I went out for a walk.

Lawmakers Should Take MLK's Advice

Kate Gould | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Kate Gould

Dr. King told us that peace must not only be seen as a "distant goal," but also "a means by which we arrive at that goal." This week the possibilities for what peace can accomplish as both a goal AND a means to that goal is on full display in U.S.-Iranian relations.

Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Criticize Iran Prisoner Swap For Demonstrating American 'Weakness'

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio praised Iran's release of five detained Americans on Sunday...

U.N. Says Iran Has Kept Nuclear Promises, Clearing Way For Sanction Relief

Reuters | Benjamin Hart | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics

VIENNA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Saturday said Iran had put in place all nuclear measures required under a deal reached with si...

Iran Says International Sanctions To Be Lifted Saturday

Reuters | Sam Levine | Posted 01.16.2016 | Politics

VIENNA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - - International sanctions on Iran will be lifted on Saturday when the United Nations nuclear agency declares Tehran has com...

5 Things We Hope to Hear in the President's State of the Union Speech

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

President Obama has said that his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12 will be framed around "the big things" he sees as being priorities in the years to come, rather than taking a policy-centric approach to the speech. He has said that there is more work that needs to be done, and we agree.

By Cutting Ties with Iran, Saudi Arabia Executed the 48th Terrorist

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It was as if Saudi Arabia executed yet another terrorist when Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced the severing of ties with Iran.