Islamist Hardliners Are Threatening Iran’s Very Survival

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Since last year, Iran’s economy has seriously deteriorated as speculators have rushed to exchange national currency for dollars while others, fearing more troubles to come, have been moving their capital out of the country. Close… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Future: Hybrid Nationalism?

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by Gareth Smyth In threatening Iran with the “strongest sanctions in history,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was probably not thinking of the Mongol sieges of Iranian cities. Two days later, however, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei evoked Iranians’ sense of their… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Cultural Cleavages And The Need for National Compromise

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by Shireen Hunter Popular demonstrations in Iran at the end of 2017 reflected economic and other grievances along with a growing frustration and impatience with the Islamic system’s shortcomings. However, the demonstrations also revealed deep cultural cleavages in Iranian society.… Continue Reading  

The Scorched Earth of Netanyahu’s Israel

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by Mitchell Plitnick The recent police recommendation that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for various acts of corruption may well have started the countdown to the long-awaited departure of the man who has spent more time in the… Continue Reading  

Tom Cotton Appointed “Never Trump” Bill Kristol’s Son Legislative Director

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by Eli Clifton Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies in the Senate, advising Trump before the alleged “shithole” comments about Haitians and African immigrants and on the White House’s Iran policy. Cotton is also… Continue Reading