Iran’s Presidential Elections: Has Hassan Rouhani Met His Match?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Until only a few weeks ago, Iran’s hardliners lacked a candidate of any stature in Iran’s forthcoming presidential elections in May 2017. These principlists floated names of people such as Saeed Jalili, a former negotiator on… Continue Reading  

How Will Iran Respond to US Missile Attack in Syria?

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by Shireen T. Hunter Iran has been a major supporter of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s beleaguered president, throughout its civil war, which has entered its sixth year. In fact, until Russia decided to conduct airstrikes in Syria in September 2015, Iran… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Geopolitical Predicament and Its Consequences

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by Shireen Hunter   For some time now, most Middle East states and a good number of Western countries have portrayed Iran as the main cause of problems in the Middle East and parts of South Asia. Iran emerges from… Continue Reading  

Iran Should Take American Threats Seriously

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by Shireen T. Hunter It was not surprising that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, “officially put…Iran on notice,” following what he cited as “recent Iranian actions, including a provocative ballistic missile launch and an… Continue Reading  

Decades of Demonization Behind the Ban On Muslims

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by Shireen T. Hunter President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning the entry of citizens of seven countries with majority Muslim populations shocked many people in the United States and many more in Europe and elsewhere. It also elicited a… Continue Reading