Changing Iran: Q&A with Ervand Abrahamian

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by Jasmin Ramsey Republican rejection of the Iranian nuclear deal dominated news headlines long before Congress received the 159-page document. Former presidential candidate John McCain—who derided President Obama’s willingness to engage Iran directly without preconditions during the 2008 election—was among… Continue Reading  

Moving from Bazaar to Bourse in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Anticipation has been building among international investors and business leaders as Iran and the P5+1 edge closer to a nuclear deal. Each week another trade delegation—whether American, or Swiss, or German—makes its way to Tehran to scope out… Continue Reading  

There’s a Glaring Omission in the Economist’s Special Report on Iran

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by Jahandad Memarian According to a recent special report on Iran in The Economist: “The revolution is over.” The article concludes by suggesting that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s approach to the country’s controversial nuclear program and international relations is a departure… Continue Reading  

An Anniversary Not to be Celebrated

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by Henry Precht Thirty-five years ago this week, my wife and I were driving on a highway in Pennsylvania, coming from Parents’ Weekend at Colgate. I was in charge of Iranian affairs at the State Department and was passing the… Continue Reading  

Can Iran End Its Perpetual Revolution?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Today Iranians celebrated, observed, or bemoaned the advent of the Islamic Revolution 35 years ago, depending on their cultural and political proclivities. The revolution’s cultural dimension, its most important aspect, was nothing short of an effort… Continue Reading