Iran’s Hardliners: Weaker But Louder

by Ali Reza Eshraghi News media accounts of reactions from Iran to the recent talks in Geneva remind me of a joke that has gone viral there: A salesman shows a variety of hearing aids ranging in cost from one to… Continue Reading  

Reading Rouhani

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani The diplomatic push by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to resolve the decade-long dispute over Iran’s nuclear program reached its zenith during his visit to New York in late September, exactly one year after Iran’s currency collapsed under… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Telling Ministerial Confirmation Hearings

by Farideh Farhi Iran’s cabinet confirmation hearings this week were painful, but not for its new president Hassan Rouhani, despite the rejection of 3 out of his 18 ministerial nominees. They were painful for Iran’s hardliners, whose mismanagement of the… Continue Reading  

The Politics of AIPAC’s Anti-Iran-Diplomacy Letters

by Marsha B. Cohen Mitch McConnell did it, Harry Reid didn’t. Elizabeth Warren did it, Bernie Sanders didn’t. Al Franken did it, Tom Coburn didn’t. I’m referring to the signing of the latest letter, crafted by the American Israel Public… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Cabinet Picks

by Farideh Farhi After more than a month of intense speculation in Iran, Hassan Rouhani’s nominees for 18 cabinet posts were announced on the day of the new president’s inauguration. By law, Iran’s presidents have two weeks after taking office… Continue Reading