The Charismatic Leadership of Iran’s Revolution

by Gareth Smyth The mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just south of Tehran has a vast outside area for rallies on notable days, but inside the atmosphere is more one of reverence, with people quietly praying. Likewise, the house in… Continue Reading  

Looking at Iran’s Past to Understand Its Future

by Gareth Smyth Next month brings the fortieth anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini flew back from exile in Paris on February 1, meeting such big crowds in Tehran that the 78-year-old cleric abandoned his station wagon for… Continue Reading  

Evoking Sophia Loren in Iran

by Farideh Farhi When I was a teenager in the 1960s growing up in Tehran, Hollywood had not yet monopolized stardom. We had a number of European stars to swoon and argue over. I myself was a Jean-Paul Belmondo fan.… Continue Reading  

Does Iran’s Constitution Promote Export of Islamic Revolution?

by Eldar Mamedov Some claims are repeated unchallenged so often that they end up becoming part of the conventional wisdom. Such is the case with the assertion that the Iranian constitution mandates the export of the country’s Islamic revolution and… Continue Reading  

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

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