The Battle for Iran: Policy or Regime Change?

Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu (State Department via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The… Continue Reading  

It’s Raining Iranian Men, Hallelujah

Team Melli (Shutterstock)

by Shervin Malekzadeh The World Cup ended for the Iranian national team last week but not before the rest of the world took note of its physical prowess off the field. Images of the team went viral after a suggestive… Continue Reading  

Resolution of Caspian Sea Status Closer Than Ever

Five presidents of the Caspian states at the 2014 Caspian summit

by David O’Byrne A new draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, allowing for the laying of pipelines on the seabed and banning foreign military forces, has reportedly been agreed by the five bordering states. Officials also have… Continue Reading  

Bazaar Protest Sign of Iranian Pessimism

Currency laid out at an Iranian bazaar (Shutterstock)

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani It’s not every day that Iran’s bazaar merchants close their shops to protest high prices. They are of course not protesting the high price of bread or chicken, whose prices have not increased, but of dollars, which… Continue Reading  

Rivalry at Iran’s Chabahar Port

Chabahar coast, Iran (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey Iran’s Indian-backed port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become… Continue Reading