The Iran Protests, Regime Change, and the MEK

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by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh When protests broke out in Iran at the end of 2017, most countries maintained a hands-off approach. After all, these countries maintain diplomatic and trade relations with the Iranian government. Even some influential U.S. observers… Continue Reading  

Tajikistan: Saudi Revenge in Iran’s Backyard?

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by Eldar Mamedov According to those who seek to contain Iran, it is supposedly building a new Persian empire in the regions where it has influence—the Persian Gulf, the wider Middle East, and Central Asia. Such accusations, besides mistakenly assuming… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Second Term Begins

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by Farideh Farhi Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his second term with the nomination of 17 proposed ministers for his 18-member cabinet on Tuesday (the nominee for the ministry of sciences, research, and technology has yet to be proposed). And,… 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  

Iran’s Presidential Elections: Has Hassan Rouhani Met His Match?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Until only a few weeks ago, Iran’s hardliners lacked a candidate of any stature in Iran’s forthcoming presidential elections in May 2017. These principlists floated names of people such as Saeed Jalili, a former negotiator on… Continue Reading