The Logic Behind Iran’s Regional Posture

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by Adnan Tabatabai On December 3, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei convened Iran’s top military brass. Iranian media circulated one key sentence of his remarks on the front pages of newspapers: “Today, the armed forces are in need of the best… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Challenges to Form His New Cabinet

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by Adnan Tabatabai Hassan Rouhani will be sworn in for his second term as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the official inauguration scheduled for August 5, 2017. The tahlif ceremony will take place in parliament, symbolizing the… Continue Reading  

2017 Uncertainties Require a New Mideast Security Structure

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by Adnan Tabatabai 2016 certainly bore no good news for the Middle East. Wars are being waged with greater intensity, and the humanitarian catastrophes in Syria and Yemen are reaching unprecedented levels. Instability remains the key defining character of the… Continue Reading  

How Iran Views Saudi Arabia’s Regional Policies

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by Adnan Tabatabai Antagonism between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia reached a new peak this year. The wars in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen—as well as the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran, and the recent catastrophic stampede in… Continue Reading  

Nuclear Talks: Paradigm Shift in Iran Foreign Policy?

P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland. November 24, 2013.

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by Adnan Tabatabai During my recent trip to Tehran I had a chance to listen to and participate in discussions on both the political and societal levels about the final stages of the nuclear talks. As I discussed here in… Continue Reading