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  

Wrestling with Iran

by John Feffer In Iran, wrestling commands the same level of public interest as football in the United States. This is no passing fad. Wrestling is intimately entwined with the history and culture of the country, going back to the… Continue Reading  

Interpreting Islam to Muslims

by Graham E. Fuller Can’t we ever learn? Here goes the White House again, appointing a “new” task force designed to “blunt the ISIS message.” Washington seems to believe that a main source of ISIS success to date lies in… Continue Reading  

Slavin: ‘As Talks Stall with Iran, U.S. Steps Up Propaganda War’

Our IPS colleague Barbara Slavin has a piece up about the Obama administration’s tough tone against Iran in the wake of yet another crackdown on protests organized by the Green Movement. Slavin hits on the tenor of administration officials’ comments, as well… Continue Reading