Articles tagged with: Iran

Alex Vatanka
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on : Friday, 18 Jul, 2014

Another Headache for Tehran

The collapse of Baghdad’s authority in northern and western Iraq, together with the occupation of Kirkuk by Peshmerga fighters, has shortened the odds of Iraqi Kurdistan declaring independence in the minds of many observers. The declaration at the start of July by President Massoud Barzani of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that the autonomous territory should begin planning for a referendum on the matter has raised expectations further. No one really knows if Barzani is...

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David Patrikarakos
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on : Friday, 11 Jul, 2014

Tehran Wades into Iraq’s Crisis

Qassem Suleimani was only a young soldier in the Iran–Iraq War when he led Iranian troops through Iraqi minefields, stealing the odd goat along the way, and earning the respect even of the enemy. Today, Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, the special forces unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is marching Iran through a very different minefield. As soon as the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had swept through large parts of northern Iraq and captur...

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Nikolay Kozhanov
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on : Thursday, 26 Jun, 2014

Sidestepping Sanctions

As diplomats scrabble to draw up a final nuclear deal with Iran by July 20, sanctions remain in place and are likely to only be gradually eased even if a deal is agreed. In a...

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Shahir Shahid Saless
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on : Saturday, 21 Jun, 2014

Rouhani and his Opponents

Despite a decisive victory in Iran’s last presidential election, Hassan Rouhani has faced a number of attacks on his foreign and domestic policies from within the Iranian politic...

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The Majalla: The Leading Arab Magazine
on : Wednesday, 18 Jun, 2014

Iranian reformists welcome UK embassy re-opening

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iranians have welcomed the news that Britain is set to re-open its embassy in Tehran in the coming months after a hiatus of more than two and a half years...

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David Patrikarakos
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on : Friday, 13 Jun, 2014

Iran’s Political Football

On Monday, June 16, Iran will kick off its FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil with a match against Nigeria. It’s likely to be the start of a disappointing campaign. If Iran is to ...

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Christian Emery
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on : Friday, 6 Jun, 2014

Pursuing Happiness

Gender equality (or the lack of it) remains a central framework for Western perceptions of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the definin...

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Reza H. Akbari
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on : Tuesday, 3 Jun, 2014

Cleaning House in Tehran

Despite real efforts to tackle its problems, Iran’s flagging economy continues to be the biggest challenge for President Hassan Rouhani’s government. During his 2013 presidenti...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Saturday, 24 May, 2014

Juggling East and West

As Hassan Rouhani travelled to Shanghai this week to attend a pan-Asian security conference, foreign policy observers back in Tehran waited in anticipation. In many ways, both ...

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Arash Aramesh
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on : Friday, 23 May, 2014

Bigger is Better

Not too long ago, Iranian state television aired a documentary on what it said was an “exemplary family” and a “special home.” The family’s home was simple, as one would ...

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