Sanctions Aiding Limitation of Independent Publications in Iran

The University of Pennsylvania’s Iran Media Project and ASL 19, a Canadian non-profit working against censorship in Iran, explain how sanctions are increasing the Iranian government’s censorship capabilities: It is increasingly difficult for independent publishers of books and print newspapers in… Continue Reading  

Sanctions without compromise won’t end Iran nuclear impasse

In a new report for the Oxford Research Group (first excerpted at PBS’s Tehran Bureau) author Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi explains why sanctions without compromise won’t change Iran’s hardline leaders’ stance on the nuclear program: The key dilemma which Western policymakers should consider is that, rightly or… Continue Reading  

Gary Sick on U.S. government leaks ahead of Iran nuclear talks

On Sunday former U.S. national security advisor and Iran expert Dr. Gary Sick wrote the following about U.S. government leaks to news outlets ahead of expected renewed talks between the P5+1 this month. PBS Frontline’s Tehran Bureau included his commnetary in… Continue Reading  

‘Iranium’ or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Military Option’

Ali and I have a post up on Tehran Bureau in which we review the Clarion Fund‘s latest film, “Iranium.” We write: The film opens with a history lesson that begins in 1978 with the first signs of the widespread… Continue Reading  

Why Did Israel Dial it Down on Iran?

I have a new piece up at Tehran Bureau, the PBS/Frontline project on Iran. The article is a look into the possible reasons that Israel has pushed back the nuclear timeline for Iran. I quote Tony Karon at length (which appears… Continue Reading