Articles tagged with: Iran

Arash Aramesh
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

A Visa or a Victory

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. That seems to be the case with Senator Ted Cruz, the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas, who earlier this week proposed a bill to the Senate that would prohibit Iran’s new UN ambassador from entering the United States. Having since cleared both the deeply divided Senate and the Congress, the bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. If passed into law the bill, which would bar UN delegates from entering the country if...

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Shehrayar Shaderan
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on : Tuesday, 8 Apr, 2014

Reading Ferdowsi in Tehran

Despite numerous changes over the years, classical texts have remained the basis for Persian literature studies in Iranian schools, from the old madrasas to the present day. This has led to endless heated debates over what to include and what to leave out of the school syllabus. Like other countries, children in Iran do not read as much as they should, and so for many young people school is their first exposure to influential classical works. Consequently, for years Persian literature stu...

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Christian Emery
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on : Friday, 4 Apr, 2014

Same Struggle, New Decade?

These are uncertain times for Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Having been persuaded of Iran’s grave financial situation, he has begrudgingly accepted that revita...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Sunday, 30 Mar, 2014

Security Begins At Home

One of President Hassan Rouhani’s key election pledges last summer centered on foreign policy, and his message was plain: there is something inherently wrong with Tehran’s fore...

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Andrew Bowen
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on : Saturday, 29 Mar, 2014

A Window of Opportunity

Thanks to the growing rupture of US–Russian relations, including Russia’s expulsion from the G8 this week and the imposition of tit-for-tat economic sanctions, the Obam...

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Michael Stephens
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on : Friday, 28 Mar, 2014

Barack’s Band-Aid

US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia comes at a crucial moment for one of the Middle East’s most enduring strategic alliances. The US has lon...

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James Spencer
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on : Friday, 28 Mar, 2014

Working Smart, Not Working Hard

To read various articles on US foreign policy in the Middle East, one would imagine that the US was in a state of full-scale retreat from the region, just as the UK withdrew from ...

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David Patrikarakos
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on : Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014

Diplomatic Déjà vu

Writing about the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent UN Security Council powers and Germany, in 2014 is to enter a world of diplomatic déjà vu. Depen...

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Robert E. Hunter
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on : Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014

Reassurance, A Two-Way Street

This week, US President Barack Obama is visiting three European states and Saudi Arabia. What was originally planned as a more or less routine trip has taken on new urgency with th...

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Youssef Cherif
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on : Friday, 21 Mar, 2014

Everyone’s New Friend

In the early years after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, the US was perceived as friendly. It was only in 1956 that its charismatic first president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, clearl...

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