Category: Iran

Saudis and Iran using sectarian non-state actors to shape Middle East

     

The Saudi-Iran rivalry playing out in the Middle East’s divided societies, such as the ‘proxy arenas’ of Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, and particularly Syria and Yemen, has cultivated sectarian difference that… Read more »

Iranian Repression: Architects of Human Rights Abuse in the Islamic Republic

     

“While representing political prisoners in the Soviet Union 45 years ago, I noted that ‘vacation time in the West is prison time in the Soviet Union,’ with the regime imprisoning… Read more »

Shared vision, ideology drive Iran’s non-state partnerships

     

The evolution of Iran’s regional strategy post-Arab Spring and its means to execute it – the ‘axis of resistance’ – is the subject of a new CSIS analysis. It explores… Read more »

Time to sanction Iran’s slush fund (and its brutal custodian)

     

A former presidential candidate in Iran runs a massive business conglomerate that helps Tehran suppress dissent at home and export terror abroad, notes Tzvi Kahn, a Penn Kemble fellow at… Read more »

Tech giants expose global Iranian propaganda push

     

Hundreds of accounts allegedly originating in Iran and Russia were shuttered by Facebook and Twitter for “inauthentic behavior” and “coordinated manipulation,” the companies announced. Facebook deleted 652 pages, groups, and… Read more »

Iran’s theocrats ‘under growing pressure’ as sanctions intensify unrest

     

Iran‘s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the government on Monday of economic mismanagement and said it needed to improve its performance to help the country better weather newly reimposed U.S. sanctions,… Read more »

Fresh protests highlight need to engage Iran’s civil society

     

Fresh protests broke out in Iran today as shop keepers, stall vendors, farmers and truck drivers demonstrated in the Amir-Kabir industrial complex of Isfahan, central Iran, protesting against high prices… Read more »

IRGC takeover? Iran protests may change leadership, but not regime

     

Iran’s Supreme Leader demanded the judiciary punish those “who disrupt economic security” on Wednesday, following protests over the rial’s collapse and a tightening of U.S. sanctions pressure that has set… Read more »

Middle East has ‘too much democracy’?

     

  Tunisians are aware of their country as the only one in the Arab world trying to make the Islamist–non-Islamist divide work in a genuinely democratic way, notes Thomas Carothers,… Read more »