Rouhani Should Be Allowed to Talk with Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showed up at the G7 summit earlier this month and talked with French President Emmanuel Macron, it raised hopes that Macron’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the United States… Continue Reading  

Trump Has Strengthened Hardliners in Iran

by Jalil Bayat Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran—including his decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA)—has empowered the position of hardliners in Iran’s foreign and security policy establishments. Europe’s inability… Continue Reading  

Reliving the Ahmadinejad-Mousavi Debate

by Shervin Malekzadeh Before there was a Green Movement in Iran, there came the Green Wave: nearly a month of unprecedented campaigning and democratic mobilization leading into the June 12, 2009 presidential election. I was lucky to have experienced both… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Hardliners and Reformists and the Syria Gambit

by Daniel Brumberg In Iran, domestic and foreign policies are mutually inclusive. Domestic maneuvering to either restrict or open the political arena shapes Iran’s regional and global diplomacy just as much as Iran’s engagement beyond its borders shapes the balance… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Upcoming Election and the GCC Nations

by Jesse Schatz Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s death on January 8 was a major blow for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s traditionally marginalized reformists and moderates. The former Iranian president’s passing raised many questions about how the Iranian regime, without… Continue Reading