Iran Is Increasingly Isolated, Losing Influence In the Middle East

Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) The so-called “Axis of Resistance” — a political alliance between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the government of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and the Lebanese Hezbollah — has suffered several humiliating defeats in recent months. The Islamic Republic is increasingly finding itself isolated and losing influence

Iran’s Deepening Isolation On The World Stage

Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) Iran is busy with its diplomatic maneuverings in the Middle East and beyond, but it has yielded little. As Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh, put it: “No country is willing to sign a deal with Iran anymore.” The country’s most recent overtures were to Moscow, where

Who is Behind the Suspicious Fires and Explosions in Iran?

By Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) Several suspicious fires and explosions have occurred at Iranian nuclear facilities, power plants, and weapons depots in recent weeks. The latest explosion was at the Isfahan Power Plant on July 19. There were reports of an explosion near the Parchin Military Complex, 30 kilometers southeast

Iran and China on the Verge of Signing 25-Year Deal

Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) After years of talks, Iran and China are reportedly getting ready to sign a wide-reaching 25-year contract. There has been no official announcement regarding the agreement. It is also unclear whether the deal has yet been signed. According to an 18-page leaked Iranian Foreign Ministry document,

Iran Is Repeating Its Past Errors with the IAEA

Omer Carmi (The Wahington Institute) One of the major weaknesses of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran is its various “sunset” clauses, including the provision that limits the international arms embargo to five years—an expiration date that arrives this October. Over the past few months, Washington has

The Horror of Femicide in Iran

MARJAN GREENBLATT (Newsweek) Last month, while 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi was asleep, her father entered her room and decapitated her with a sickle. He then wrapped her long hair, like a rope around the sickle, to mount his child’s severed head, before venturing out to the neighborhood to declare that he

Europe Must Join the Fight Against the Iranian Regime

Daniel Schwammenthal* (Newsweek) Ayatollah Khamenei has underscored once more why the U.N. arms embargo against Iran must not be allowed to expire in October. His sinister tweets last month about a “final solution” for the “cancerous tumor,” i.e. the “Zionist regime,” rightly led to widespread condemnation—including from the U.S. and

Is Iran’s nuclear case again a matter for the Security Council?

By Mehran Barati* The Director General of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog on Monday June 15 called on Iranian officials to allow prompt access to “two sites” where “past nuclear activity” may have occurred. While the IAEA did not publicly name the “two sites”, we already know that during 2002

The Creeping Coup of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

  By Mohammad Farsi By electing Gen. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, the speaker of parliament, it seems a softly and creeping coup is being made by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Currently, up to 80 percent of seats in the Parliament are held by the members of Revolutionary Guard and

A Quiet, Restrained Revolution is Brewing in Iran

by Kamal Azari* (The National Interest) s America watched, George Floyd died. He gasped for air, called for his mother, and died. That same week, the coronavirus death toll passed 100,000, and the unemployment rate soared to new heights. But Floyd’s murder was the tipping point. There was anger, there

Will COVID-19 inhibit Iran’s ability to suppress protests?

Saeid  Golkar & Kasra Aarabi (Middle East Institute)   Since 2017, during the second term of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, Iran has seen several waves of protests rooted in political, social, and, most importantly, economic grievances. The latter have been reflected in the demographics of dissent. In the past three years,

How to Confront Iran

Scott Modell* (Newsweek) When his first term in office comes to an end just six months from now, President Trump will have spent more time on Iran than on any other foreign policy issue besides China. But where has it gotten us? The Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign has wreaked

Iran: in or out in Syria

Gerta Zaimi (Institute for Global Threats and Democracies Studies) The latest Israeli attacks on Syria on May 4 targeted the Mayadin area in the governorate of Deir el Zor where there is a greater movement by pro-Iranian militias and Pasdarans. The day after the Israeli State defense sources said Tehran

Syria Is a Quagmire That Will Soon Engulf Iran

Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan Life) Russia is determined to end the Syrian Civil War five years after deploying its military to the country to support President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Before withdrawing its troops from Syria and starting the country’s political and economic reconstruction, Kremlin must first drive out the Islamic Revolutionary

The Pandemic’s Implications for Iran’s Nuclear Program

By Omer Carmi* ince 2006, Iran has distinguished the twentieth of Farvardin as its “National Nuclear Technology Day,” an opportunity to unveil (and often exaggerate) advancements in the country’s nuclear program while glorifying the regime’s persistence in the face of Western sanctions. Past holidays have unveiled the mastery of industrial

Pandemic Could Change Iran’s Model of Supreme Leadership Forever

By Mehdi Khalaji * Coronavirus came to Iran at a time when the Islamic Republic is at one of its lowest points since its inception four decades ago. The regime has suffered critical blows to its ideological legitimacy, revolutionary popularity, practical efficiency, economic structure, pan-Islamist foreign policy, and aspirations for


by Kevjn Lim When the coronavirus spun out of control in Wuhan this January, Iran ignored the example of many other countries and continued to maintain direct flights and open borders with China. Even after President Hassan Rouhani’s government suspended all such flights on January 31, Mahan Air—a company affiliated

Army Of Jinn, America And Coronavirus In Khamenei’s Imagination

By Maryam Sinaie (Radio Frada) Iran’s Supreme Leader made a claim in his latest speech that left many Iranians baffled, or rather terrorized, that the superstitious man ruling the country with unlimited powers may have lost his faculties. They justly fear that this may inflict even graver calamities on a

A New Model: Community-Centric Government

By Kamal Azari In the past two and half centuries since the advent of the modern state, our understanding of the role of government has changed. From an independent entity that makes possible advances in human progress to a platform that makes human advances possible. Today, we almost universally understand

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