Can Iran End Its Perpetual Revolution?

by Shireen T. Hunter Today Iranians celebrated, observed, or bemoaned the advent of the Islamic Revolution 35 years ago, depending on their cultural and political proclivities. The revolution’s cultural dimension, its most important aspect, was nothing short of an effort… Continue Reading  

Three Months in Rouhani’s Iran

by Farideh Farhi I have recently returned from a three-month trip to Iran. I arrived in Tehran in early September before the famous Rouhani/Obama phone call and departed last week as the mood was turning more skeptical regarding the potential… Continue Reading  

Gaza and Iran’s Security Policy

You will not hear me say this often, but Hossein Shariatmadari — Iran’s irascible and intractable editor of the hardline Kayhan daily — makes one important point in this editorial. Although a few months ago Iran’s leader Ali Khamenei referred in… Continue Reading  

More on the Islamic Republic’s Syria Policy

I wrote a couple of days ago about the reactive nature of Iran’s Syria ‘strategy’ but what I really meant was Iran’s Syria ‘policy.’ The distinction is important because by providing full-fledged public support to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Iran’s leaders… Continue Reading