How Iran’s President Rouhani Can Turn Crisis into Opportunity


by Ali Vaez Manifold reasons lie behind Iran’s ongoing protests, but the immediate trigger appears to be widespread disgruntlement over the country’s economic performance, especially cuts in President Hassan Rouhani’s new budget. Neither a revolution nor a political movement, the… Continue Reading  

Contrasting Leadership Styles in the Saudi-Iran Conflict


by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) is steadily consolidating power in Riyadh and positioning himself to become the most powerful ruler in Saudi history. His rise has been accompanied with a ratcheting up of hostilities… Continue Reading  

The Logic Behind Iran’s Regional Posture


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  

U.S., Iran Need to Engage in Substantive Negotiations on Regional Issues


by Thomas Buonomo In its October 19, 2017 Iran News Round-Up, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) analysts reported, “Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani have both stressed that… Continue Reading  

Trump, the American Ahmadinejad: Worse Than Expected


by Shervin Malekzadeh Twelve years ago, what now seems like a lifetime ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York City to deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. Ahmadinejad’s decisive and surprising election a month… Continue Reading