Water and Conflict in Iran

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The most important sentence in the Persian language is arguably “Baba ab dad.” The sentence means “father gave water.” It is the first sentence taught to Iranian children when they are learning to read and write. Beyond… Continue Reading  

Remember Those Protests in Iran?

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by Paul R. Pillar Accountability in policy debate in the United States is sorely lacking. One reason is the casual use of hypothetical alternative histories and of related assertions that by their nature cannot be proved or disproved. Arguments that… Continue Reading  

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  

Coverage of Iran Protests Misleadingly Illustrated With Photos of MEK Demos

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by Adam Johnson When it comes to covering protests in other countries, it seems any vague picture of brown people protesting can stand in for those actually on the streets expressing their grievances. Since the outbreak of protests across Iran… Continue Reading  

Iran After Protests: Change Does Come

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by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini  In Iran today, over 20 people have been killed in the streets and two young men are dead from unknown causes after being detained in prison. An estimated 3,700 others have been arrested across the country,… Continue Reading