Persian Regime-Change Follies

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by John Limbert History teaches that outside efforts at regime change in Iran rarely end well for the changer. Nor do invaders face an easy road to conquest. The fate of the Roman leader Marcus Licinius Crassus in 53 BCE… Continue Reading  

Why Iran Will Not Go the Way of the USSR

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by Shireen T. Hunter                            Since the Soviet Union dissolved in December 1991, articles have appeared in the West arguing that, sooner or later, Iran’s ethnic and linguistic… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: How Revolutionary?

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by Henry Johnson Ayatollah Khomeini once declared that if it weren’t for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), there would be no revolutionary Iran. In many ways, he was right. From its humble roots among disorganized militias fighting the Shah,… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Geopolitical Predicament and Its Consequences

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by Shireen Hunter   For some time now, most Middle East states and a good number of Western countries have portrayed Iran as the main cause of problems in the Middle East and parts of South Asia. Iran emerges from… Continue Reading  

America’s Persian and Arabian Wars

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by Chas Freeman Sometime between 460 and 450 B.C.E., Herodotus wrote The Persian Wars, his account of the Greeks’ two wars with the Persians, which spanned thirteen years. Even in a time when trends and events unfolded more slowly than… Continue Reading