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Iraq's Maliki in D.C.: Take Down the Welcome Sign

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

No matter what transpires in the Oval Office, Maliki will waltz out of that meeting boasting in Arabic to his Shiite followers that he is Washington's preferred leader. That spin must not go unchallenged by the White House.

A Grand Bargain in the Cards

David Hoffman | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
David Hoffman

While the Western news media are focused on a U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal over Syria, a far more important development may be occurring within Iran.

Jihadists at the Gates of Jerusalem? Practically

Claude Salhani | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

Remember the spillover from Afghanistan when the war ended and there were thousands of mujahideen fighters emerged with nowhere to go? The same will apply in Syria. Where will all these jihadis end up?

Iran Reportedly Aiding Syrian Army

Posted 05.29.2012 | World

According to a statement by the deputy head of Iran's elite Quds force, Ismail Gha'ani, Iran is aiding the Syrian army as Bashar Assad's regime carrie...

Reading Ahmadinejad via Wikileaks: A Freedom Lover or a Two-Bit Dictator?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

In a recent article, Middle East expert Reza Aslan writes that Ahmadinejad may not be the hard-line president outside observers thinks he is. Here's why Aslan's characterization of Ahmadinejad is flawed.

Devouring their Own: The Basij in the Islamlic Republic

Narges Bajoghli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Narges Bajoghli

Yet not all of the basij adhere to the ultra-conservative elements of the Islamic Republic that have caught the world's attention in the past two months. Many are actually strong supporters of the reformists

Women and Style in Iran

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Religious women in Iran, whether they wear a chador or not, tend to at least some basic elements of beauty. Ahmadinejad's wife Farahi has belied even that.

Iran Expands Efforts To Stifle Opposition

nytimes.com | ROBERT F. WORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- After last summer's disputed presidential election, Iran's government relied largely on brute force -- beatings, arrests and show t...

Iranian Crisis: Progress, Problems

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

There was some good progress in Thursday's international negotiation sessions with Iran. But anyone who imagines the problem is solved is quite delusional.

A Cabal in the College of Mullahs?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?

Obama and the Ayatollah

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

How to respond to the Ayatollah is a particularly tricky question for Obama, because he has an unusual dual role to play: Inspirational global icon and president of the United States.

Mohsen Rezai: Ex-Revolutionary Guard Chief Enters Iranian Presidential Race

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A former head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Mohsen Rezai, has registered as a candidate for the presidential election next month....