The Limits of Sports Diplomacy in US-Iran Relations

by Nader Entessar US-Iranian relations since 1979 have been characterized by long periods of animosity and mutual demonization and only fleeting moments of relaxed tensions. Under President Trump, the United States has ratcheted up the anti-Iran rhetoric and actions, causing… Continue Reading  

Rafsanjani’s Legacy

by Farideh Farhi Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man known as the “order’s pillar” (sotun-e nezam), died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy as complicated and multifaceted as the order (and associated institutions) that he more… Continue Reading  

Does the US Really Want Iran to Moderate Its Policies?

by Shireen T. Hunter Only three months after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the success of the nuclear deal with Iran already appears in doubt. The underlying reason is that those in the United States and Iran who… Continue Reading  

In Celebration of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

by Peter Jenkins There can be several ways of perceiving the full application of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with effect from “Implementation Day,” January 16, 2016.

Iran Poised for Another Raucous Election

by Farideh Farhi December 25 marked the last day of registration for the February 26 joint elections in Iran for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts. Like the deadline for the Assembly of Experts registration two days earlier, the… Continue Reading