The Iraqi Elections: Implications for Regional Politics

Muqtada al-Sadr

by Shireen T. Hunter  The victory of the electoral list supported by Muqtada al-Sadr called Sairoon has led to speculation about the future orientation of Iraq in regard to its regional and international ties. The early verdict pronounced by Arab… Continue Reading  

How Iran Should Respond to Trump’s Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

Hassan Rouhani

by Shireen T. Hunter The day that everyone was dreading arrived yesterday when President Trump announced that the United States will no longer adhere to the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). Before and after his… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Should Disentangle Itself from Middle East Conflicts

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by Shireen T. Hunter    Throughout the last seven decades, Iran’s direct or indirect involvement in Middle-East-related issues has been a source of difficulties for its foreign relations and domestic politics. The most consequential of these issues has been the… Continue Reading  

Even If US Doesn’t Exit Iran Nuclear Deal, Risk of War Remains

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter over Baghdad (Wikimedia Commons)

by Shireen T. Hunter         When the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany signed a deal that effectively prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons, those in Iran and in other signatory states who did not want… 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