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Jun 7, 2023

Iran is playing musical chairs with leadership positions. None of these individuals have been sanctioned.

By Behnam Ben Taleblu

Playing musical chairs with leadership positions provides opportunities to recalibrate and update coercive economic measures on Iran.

Economic Sanctions Iran


May 24, 2023

Iran is using its cyber capabilities to kidnap its foes in the real world

By Borzou Daragahi

This new form of transnational repression by Iran has alarmed security professionals and governments worldwide. 

Cybersecurity Iran


May 22, 2023

The State Department is fumbling its approach to Iran. It’s time for an overhaul.

By Holly Dagres

The State Department's Iran social media account messages are innocuous, but they don’t resonate with Iranians, as the content doesn’t match with what’s happening on the ground.

Human Rights Iran


May 16, 2023

The Arab League thinks readmitting Syria will push out Iran. They’re wrong.

By David Daoud

The logic of drawing Bashar al-Assad back into the Arab League is unsound, founded on the faulty premise that there remains such a thing as an independent Syrian regime to woo back from Tehran.

Iran Middle East


May 10, 2023

After a failed coalition effort, where is the Iranian opposition headed?

By Arash Azizi

Cracks within the Iranian opposition coalition were visible from the outset, with much of the division revolving around former Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi’s persona.

Civil Society Iran


May 9, 2023

When it comes to great power competition in Africa, one competitor is missing: Iran

By Danny Citrinowicz  

One area the United States completely ignores is Iran's growing influence on the African continent and the need to formulate a policy that will work to limit Tehran’s freedom of action there.

Africa East Africa


May 2, 2023

Schoolgirl poisonings are persisting in Iran. So should the international reaction to them.

By Mahnaz Vahdati

The international community must take decisive and expeditious measures to ensure accountability and safeguard the human rights of Iranian citizens, especially women and girls.

Human Rights Iran


Apr 27, 2023

Tehran’s gold market is a reminder that Iranians have lost confidence in a future with the Islamic Republic

By Ali Dadpay

Iranians do not believe in the ability of the Islamic Republic to bring either economic stability or prosperity as a governing body, which is why they are looking for ways to reduce financial risk.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business


Apr 24, 2023

What the ICJ ruling on the Central Bank of Iran means for the US and the Islamic Republic—and those seeking reparations for state-sponsored atrocities

By Celeste Kmiotek

On March 30, the International Court of Justice issued its final judgment on a case between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States on the fate of “Certain Iranian Assets.” The judgment contains wins and losses for both sides.

Iran Middle East


Apr 21, 2023

Springtime in Iran signals the renewal of an environmental movement

By Shirin Hakim and Karen Makuch

Although there has been a decline in the size and frequency of protests in recent months, the onset of Spring serves as a reminder that the goals of the Woman, Life, Freedom movement are perennial.

Energy & Environment Iran