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Shirin Mohammadi
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Where Washington's Iran Policy Went Wrong

(71) Comments | Posted November 1, 2010 | 5:08 PM

The notion that sanctions will cripple the Iranian economy and cause the government to give up its nuclear program is a fallacy. While increasing labor unrest and economic unease make the country more vulnerable to international sanctions, the Obama administration should not expect constructive results from these policies. Sanctions rarely...

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Targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guard

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 3:36 PM

In the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini established the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to protect the ideologies of the Islamic Revolution from foreign and domestic threats. After the Iran-Iraq war, the IRGC was involved in modest postwar reconstruction efforts and eventually emerged as a dominant player...

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Iran Sanctions: A Double-Edged Sword

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 1:22 PM

A year after the Obama Administration's decision to attempt a new policy of engagement with Iran, the U.N. Security Council is considering new proposals for a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program. Increasing labor unrest and economic unease, Washington claims, make the country more vulnerable to...

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Iran's Perennial Quest for Reform: A Closer Look at the Student Movement

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 4:02 PM

On July 8, 1999, approximately two hundred students held a peaceful demonstration at Tehran University against a ban on a reformist newspaper. Later that night, an organized force of plain-clothed militia men broke into the school's dormitories, assaulted students indiscriminately, and systematically ransacked their rooms. Students across the country held...

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Iran's Historic Election and Implications on U.S. Policy

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 5:38 PM

On June 12, 2009, Iran witnessed an historic presidential election that brought millions to the polls. Prior to the election, in an unprecedented move, the candidates were given live air time to debate one another on television. In these debates, Iranians witnessed appalling attacks on both President Ahmadinejad and former...

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Public Opinion in Tehran: Can Iran's Presidential Elections Influence Change?

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 11:25 AM

Iran's president is responsible for the country's foreign and domestic economic policies, and manages daily political affairs with his departmental ministers. He does not, however, establish the guidelines of Iran's domestic and foreign policies, nor does he have command over the security services and armed forces[1]. These powers remain in...

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Iran's Forgotten Movement

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 5:53 PM

In a country where over seventy percent of its population is under the age of thirty, the future of the Islamic Republic of Iran is undoubtedly in the hands of its youth. Since the establishment of Iran's first university in 1934, students have been the strongest advocates of political and...

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