What’s Really behind Khamenei’s Recent Anti-US Statements?

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by Shireen Hunter       Last week Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran will not allow the United States to try reestablishing its influence in Iran. Taken together with the statement of the hardline managing editor… Continue Reading  

Does Obama Really Want an Agreement with Iran?

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by Shireen Hunter The framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear file concluded in Lausanne on April 2, to be followed by completion of a comprehensive agreement by June 30, was an important achievement for Iran, the United States, and the other P5+… Continue Reading  

Iranian Media on the Nuclear Issue

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by Pupak Mohebali and Saeed Aganji Certain conservative media outlets are an important platform for Iran’s security and military services such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence. These media function as tribunes for the hardline… Continue Reading  

Russian-Iranian Relations in the Shadow of Ukraine

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by Mark N. Katz Prior to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in early 2014, Washington’s relations with Moscow were never worse than Washington’s relations with Tehran after the 1979 revolution. Indeed, occasionally in the 1990s and 2000s Russian-American relations seemed to be… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Hardliners: Weaker But Louder

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by Ali Reza Eshraghi News media accounts of reactions from Iran to the recent talks in Geneva remind me of a joke that has gone viral there: A salesman shows a variety of hearing aids ranging in cost from one to… Continue Reading