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Nuclear Negotiations Between the West and Iran

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

These negotiations have been tortuous, and so far unfruitful. Whether in the few days remaining before the deadline the two sides can achieve success is far from certain.

Rouhani: 'Certain Intelligence Agencies' To Blame For ISIS

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

(Rewrites throughout to add details and quotes from Rouhani speech) By Parisa Hafezi and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATION...

Obama Strategy Stumbles Over Conflicting Interests of Allies

Akbar Ganji | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.

Don't Blame Iran for Middle East Turmoil

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Pundits who attribute the current war between Israel and the Palestinians to a changing Middle East landscape caused by Iran and its 1979 Revolution ignore the most important factors contributing to the present horrible situation, namely, the changed political landscape in Israel, and Israel's immunity from international laws.

Why is Rouhani Angry?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Rouhani is angry because Khamenei and his supporters have blocked him from implementing his program and opening up the political system, giving more freedom to the people. On August 13, Rouhani said, "I am aware that some people are done opposing me in their think tanks and are now opposing me in practice."

Iran Approves the New Iraqi PM: Death of Maliki's Political Life

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran, which bears tremendous political, social and economic influence in Iraq and is considered to be the most significant foreign force in Baghdad, has made a critical tactical shift with regards to its foreign policy towards the sectarian conflict, civil war, rise of the Islamic State, and other affiliated extremist Sunni insurgencies in Iraq.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

Convergence Between Obama and Rouhani to Put Pressure on Maliki

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

Today, with the collapse of the Iraqi army in Mosul and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) seizure of the Nineveh province, it is time for Washington to start seriously thinking about its available options before it is too late.

Saudi Arabia's Sectarian Challenge

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month, two Saudi Shi'ites received death sentences for allegedly committing crimes that caused no deaths or injuries, marking the harshest punishments issued by Saudi Arabia's government against Shi'ite activists in the Eastern Province since sectarian unrest in 2011.

Tehran Postcard: What Has Rouhani Changed in One Year?

Claudio Gallo | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Claudio Gallo

One year ago, President Hassan Rouhani was elected to pick up the pieces of the country, a tremendous challenge that both the nuclear deal and the future of the sanctions weigh upon. In this kind of emergency, democracy is the least of people's worries, though some attempts have been made -- like when the president said that the Internet shouldn't be censored. But the truth is that it isn't Rouhani who gets to decide. It's the state powers, such as the judiciary, that seem to have but one goal: limit the government's actions. Vultures, conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards watch the new president's every move, in silence, ready to raise their voices in case of signs of failure.

Iran Steps Up War on Social Media

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

The cyber war in Iran is taking on the look of a civil war, it is splitting the country into different camps. It seems that even though President Rouhani might be on the side of freedom, it is the enemies of free speech in Iran who have the power and the money to oppress.

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

First Female Archaeologist Appointed as the Head of the Archaeological Research Center in Iran

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Sepideh Saeedi

Despite the limitations of women in Iran, they have managed to make significant advancements in academic and professional life in the years following the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Currently, women in Iran make up a majority of college students in every field, archaeology being no exception.

Iran Takes Big Step In Curbing Nuclear Program

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Iran has halted its most disputed nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with six world powers, a...

Will Iran's Covert War Continue?

Daniel Nisman | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

Amidst the flurry of debate over Iran's trustworthiness and willingness to transform itself into a responsible regional power, the destabilizing presence of the Quds Force cannot be ignored.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

Despite What Happens at the Top, Iranian Women Move Forward

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

While the guarded optimism about the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, continues after the recent meetings in Geneva, some have wondered whether progress will be made in other areas during his administration, particularly when it comes to gender equality in Iran.

Tale of A Handshake -- Obama and Rouhani

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 12.04.2013 | World
Micah D. Halpern

The whole brouhaha, the anticipation and the subsequent -- and I must say, inevitable -- letdown once again serve only to show us and the rest of the world, how little the United States knows of the Middle East.

Twilight of the Hardliners

Ian Bassin | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Things certainly look bleak in Washington as an extreme right-wing rump caucus has closed down our government all because a law was passed in the exact way prescribed by the Constitution, but all is not lost.

President Obama: The Anti-Reagan

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

As a candidate in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that Ronald Reagan was a "transformative" president in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons -- then pushing Hillary's rival candidacy -- were red-faced in rage.

WATCH: What Rouhani Really Said About The Holocaust

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.26.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Daniel Nisman joins Ahmed to talk about whether or not Rouhani truly acknowledges the Holocaust....

With Iran, Diplomacy Will Be a Marathon, Not a Sprint

David Shams | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
David Shams

While neither side can afford to dither in getting the ball rolling, neither side should expect to sprint to the finish line. After all, we have nearly 35 years of entrenched misinformation, distrust, and virtual cold war.

What Would Make P5+1 Talks Look Easy

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Reza Pahlavi

As leaders and diplomats parse Mr. Rouhani's words for hidden messages and deeper meanings, my experience suggests that what he did not say is more important than what he did.

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.