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How to Talk and Listen to Iran

William O. Beeman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Current negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in Geneva have raised hopes that there may be rapprochement between Iran and the West.

Hindsight Being 20/20, Obama Should Embrace Iran's Overture

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Clinton and Khatami squandered a golden opportunity and together made a strategic blunder of epic proportion by not working on a common cause in Afghanistan in 1998.

A Revolutionary Sermon

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For a deeply faithful person, in any major religion, there can be no enemies. This is a radical way of life and it requires a language that can convey its power and relevance even to non-believers.

Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

My last post was entitled "Media Washed Middle East," in which I wrote about my experiences traveling and writing about the Middle East. Those sojourn...

Why Iran's New President Matters: Don't Miss the Fifty Shades of Purple

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

This year's elections underscore the dynamic yearning of Iran's masses for liberal reform, economic recovery, and constructive relations with the outside world.

The Irrelevance of Iran's Presidential Election

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The long journey of Iranian people towards freedom and independence will only end when they bid farewell to the reformists who have every interest in preserving this regime which survives by moving the country from one crisis to another. Boycotting the election would be a first step.

"Hashemi Rafsanjani, Is the Real Fire!"

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is almost 80 years old but his candidacy or involvement can pose a significant challenge and difference in the Iranian election.

Iranian Diaspora Needs to Act

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

What the Green Movement needs from the Iranian Diaspora, especially in the United States, is to come together and form a strong voice of political support for the cause of Iran's democratization.

The American Skepticism About Helping Iranians Not Justified

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

The United States owes it to the Iranian people to do what it can to help. We should not see assistance to Iranians in their struggle now as an optional act of benevolence, but as an ethical responsibility.

Abdolkarim Soroush on the Goals of Iran's Green Movement

Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robin Wright

Five major figures in Iran's reform movement issued a manifesto Sunday, Jan. 3, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the abolition of clerical control of the voting system and candidate selection.

MAZIAR BAHARI RELEASED: Iran Frees Newsweek Reporter On Bail

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran released a foreign Newsweek reporter on bail Saturday almost four months after he was arrested following the country's dispu...

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

Shirin Mohammadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Mohammadi

In Iran, politically active students -- those who are not backed by the government -- risk not only imprisonment, but in many cases, expulsion from their studies.

Khomeini Family vs. Khamenei

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

The question is: how much power does the Khomeini family have and can they pose a real challenge to the Supreme Leader and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

Iran's Not-Yet-Revolution: Cause for Optimism

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The sudden willingness of the Iranian regime to compromise over the nuclear issue may be a sign of the regime's weakness, or an attempt to foster international peace in order to crackdown internally.

Iran Suicide Bomb: Senior Revolutionary Guard Commanders Killed In Iran Bomb

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others Sunday near the Pakista...

Taking the Long View on Iran

Ajay Singh Chaudhary | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ajay Singh Chaudhary

In Iran, these periods of quiet should not be interpreted as meaning that this movement has died off or that aspirations have folded.

The (Im)moral Logic of the Show Trial

Scott Atran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Scott Atran

Moussavi courageously denounced the "show trials" and "torture" in Iran but his calls for reform can probably only be achieved by the regime's collapse, which is what the trials are designed to forestall.

Iran, Protest, and Intelligence: Why Strategic Reports Often Get it Wrong

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Revolutions are accurately designated as such only after the fact, not when protests begin. The protests in Iran are not yet and may never become a revolution.

An Exclusive Interview with a Pro-Ahmadinejad Cleric in Qom, Iran

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

A recurring theme in many of the cleric's answers is his very strong belief that "foreign" Western powers, particularly England, are behind the current unrest in Tehran

The Feast and Famine of Iran Coverage in U.S. Media

Roya Hakakian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roya Hakakian

Mousavi, the true winner of the 2009 elections, is merely an incidental figure on the road of the nation's thirty-year struggle for freedom and equal rights.

The One Thing 39 Million Iranians Decisively Voted For

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Out of 46.2 million eligible voters, a staggering 39 million came out to vote, making a strong, unequivocal statement: Iranians value democracy

Is Revolution Brewing in Iran?

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

The supreme leader of Iran has two clear choices: Save the fragile legitimacy of the Islamic Republic by calling for new elections, or move toward a system that increasingly looks like a dictatorship.

Revolution? No. Regime Change? Maybe

Olivia Sterns | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Olivia Sterns

It's difficult to draw any conclusions from the rapidly unfolding election crisis in Tehran. Not even the regime has any idea what is going to happen, but perhaps that's the most important point.

Post-Election Iran: What America Must Do Now

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The Iranian Republic requires American antagonism to uphold its regional influence and its stranglehold on the Iranian people - the United States should deprive it of this gift.

Iran's 20 Most Powerful People: Newsweek

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Power and public discourse in the Islamic Republic are dominated by fewer than two dozen heavyweights, ranging from ayatollahs to entertainers (and on...