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  

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  

US Policy Towards Iran Played Big Role in Rise of Sunni Extremism

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by Shireen T. Hunter Throughout the recent handwringing about how the US and other Western countries failed to foresee the emergence of ISIS, one factor has been totally ignored, either intentionally or inadvertently: the impact of Washington’s hostility towards Iran,… Continue Reading  

Ashton’s Meeting in Tehran

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by Farideh Farhi Iranian news agencies are reporting that a “knowledgeable source” is suggesting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cancelled his dinner meeting with EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton on the eve of nuclear talks in Vienna to protest… Continue Reading  

Reading Rouhani

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani The diplomatic push by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to resolve the decade-long dispute over Iran’s nuclear program reached its zenith during his visit to New York in late September, exactly one year after Iran’s currency collapsed under… Continue Reading