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CIA's Brennan: Tearing Up Iran Deal Would Be 'Folly'

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics

Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has said it would be the “height of folly” for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tear up Washington’s deal...

An Insight into Fashion Photography in Iran: Crackdown at Home, Competition Abroad

Omid Memarian | Posted 11.25.2016 | Style
Omid Memarian

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his dream profession in his home country of Iran, he probably would have been arrested one day durin...

The Security and Geopolitical Dimensions of Italy-GCC Relations

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.21.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Cinzia Bianco is the co-author of this article.* In light of the uncertainty surrounding U.S. foreign policy in the Donald Trump era, the Gulf Cooper...

Soft Power is Key to Iran's Success

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

To be sure, in Iran's conflict-ridden neighbourhood, the military instrument is critical to deterring would-be aggressors. The devastating 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war taught Iranians this lesson at great cost in blood and national treasure.

Top Saudi Cleric Says Iran Leaders Not Muslims As Hajj Row Mounts

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.07.2016 | World

MECCA, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority said Iran’s leaders were not Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusuall...

Peddling Hate in Tehran

Steven Luckert | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Luckert

Nazi antisemitic caricature advertising the 1937 exhibition, Der ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew). United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Ju...

From Tehran to Atlanta, Lawyer Azadeh Shahshahani Fighting for Human Rights

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Azadeh Shahshahani is a human rights lawyer who has worked for over a decade in the US South. She was the first woman of color to lead the National Lawyers Guild.

Russia and Israel's Middle East Dance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia and Israel have a long history of diplomatic and military collaboration in the Middle East, dating back to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, when Israel's triumph over its neighbors was largely attributable to Moscow's military support.

The Colors of Iran Through the Lens of a Tourist

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 04.20.2016 | Travel
Elnaz Moghangard

Here is a peak into the wonders of a country and a culture often misunderstood. Through its architectural design and abundance of colors, we see an appreciation for art in everyday life.

"Al Arabiya" Chops Beirut Bureau

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.01.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It wasn't an April Fools' joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total clo...

Role of cities in the fight against climate change

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.28.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

By Adèle Charbonneau Cities are both the victims and the causes of climate change. Urban centers are the key contributor to climate change as nodes ...

Syria: Maybe the Bridge to Nowhere Is Best, After All

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Ambassador Frederic C. Hof

When Kerry launched his latest Syrian peace initiative last October in the wake of Russia's military intervention, this writer warned that the objective might be a process without end: a bridge of empty talk over Syria's troubled water.

Analyst: Worsening Crisis in Saudi-Iranian Relations Further Destabilizes the Middle East

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Riyadh's decision to execute Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the start of this month, the Iranian response, and the political fallout have raised the Middle East's sectarian temperatures to the highest level since the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Where Does the United States Really Stand?

Rebecca Conroy | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Conroy

The time for smoke and mirrors is coming to a close, globally, and it is obvious that Iran is being turned into a scapegoat boogeyman by the Saudis and their allies (including United States Republicans). Human rights violations from Saudi Arabia must be kept in check.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Success of Diplomacy and Opening of a New Era

Milad Jokar | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Milad Jokar

Those who ideologically opposed the negotiations with Iran on the nuclear issue have been proven wrong. Diplomacy works and the results are a clear su...

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.

Historic Weekend in Tehran: Iran (Almost) Without Sanctions

Georges Ugeux | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

Under such circumstances, it is not surprising that very intelligent local people might be skeptical about the future of the country: they had learned to survive on their own resources. But it was a hopeful trip.

Iranian Protesters Attack Saudi Embassy After Prominent Shiite Cleric Executed

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

DUBAI/RIYADH, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shi'ite Muslim Iran reacted with fur...

Italian Analyst: Italy Eyes Growing Economic and Security Cooperation With Post-Sanctions Iran

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran signed earlier t...

Washington Post Reporter Suffers 500th Day in Iranian Prison

Michael Kempner | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Kempner

With newly open lines of communication between Washington and Tehran, Rezaian's release must remain on the top of the Obama Administration's agenda.

Local Participation Integral to SDG Implementation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Some of the reasons for the limited success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) include lack of local participation and the top-down approach of the MDGs, without focusing on local needs and preferences.

Turkey and Qatar: Close Allies, Sharing a Doomed Syria Policy

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 11.09.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

In recent years, Turkey and Qatar have found much common ground on a host of foreign policy issues. Both Ankara and Doha have sponsored a variety of Sunni Islamist groups, seen as conduits for their geopolitical influence in the fluid Middle East. However, both countries have experienced setbacks from their engagement in some of the region's conflicts, most notably in Syria.

Baha'is To Celebrate "Twin Holy Days" For First Time Worldwide

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.05.2016 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

This Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Baha'i community will for the first time on a global basis celebrate "Twin Holy Days" associated with the birthdays of the two Founders of their religion.

Another American Has Been Arrested In Iran

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An Iranian-American businessman was arrested by Iranian security forces two weeks while he was visiting relatives in Te...

The Hajj Stampede Exacerbates Saudi-Iranian Tension

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.