Iran’s Ahvaz Attack Worsens Gulf Tensions

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by Joost Hiltermann, Ali Vaez, Elizabeth Dickinson, and Daniel Scheiderman An attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 22, which killed 29 people, dangerously raised tensions in an already volatile Gulf region. Iran accused… Continue Reading  

How Iran’s President Rouhani Can Turn Crisis into Opportunity

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by Ali Vaez Manifold reasons lie behind Iran’s ongoing protests, but the immediate trigger appears to be widespread disgruntlement over the country’s economic performance, especially cuts in President Hassan Rouhani’s new budget. Neither a revolution nor a political movement, the… Continue Reading  

Iran Unites as Tehran Struck by Middle East’s Proxy Wars

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by Ali Vaez The 7 June attacks in Tehran struck at the symbolic heart of Iran’s revolutionary republic. In this Q&A, Ali Vaez, Senior Analyst for Iran, says the outrages show how the region’s proxy wars are now reaching far… Continue Reading  

David Albright’s Hidden Talents

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by Derek Davison  Nuclear proliferation expert and Iran nuclear agreement skeptic David Albright revealed a heretofore unknown talent on Tuesday: a mastery of the Persian language that apparently supersedes that of even native speakers of the language. Earlier in the… Continue Reading  

Could War With Iran Be on Washington’s Agenda?

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by William Hartung In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and his administration have done so far… Continue Reading