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Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Iran’s environmental woes could be Raisi’s Achilles heel

Among the challenges encountered by the Islamic Republic of Iran, climate change looms as one of the most serious, disrupting, and even life-threatening issues facing both rural and urban populations. This threat has worsened at a time when Iran is politically polarized, ideologically fractured, and economically embattled.  

IranSource by Javad Heiran-Nia and Mahmood Monshipouri

Energy & Environment Iran

Wed, Sep 8, 2021

Iran’s new president has blood on his hands

Iran’s new President, Ebrahim Raisi, played a key role in the execution of some 5,000 political prisoners and was part of the “Death Commission” responsible for the 1988 massacre.

IranSource by Nasser Mohajer and Kaveh Yazdani

Human Rights Iran

Wed, Sep 1, 2021

An escalating Israel-Iran conflict could sink the JCPOA

Rising tensions between Israel and Iran have reached an alarming stage in recent weeks. What used to be a shadow war of covert operations, sabotage, and proxy conflict is turning into a more direct military confrontation between the long-time regional adversaries.

IranSource by Sina Azodi and Mohsen Solhdoost

Iran Israel

Tue, Aug 24, 2021

Iran’s new face to the world—Hossein Amir-Abdollahian—is no Zarif

In short, unlike his predecessor who was distrusted and often marginalized by the IRGC, one should expect more collaboration between what Zarif dubbed “diplomacy and the battlefield.”

IranSource by Sina Azodi

Iran Middle East

Fri, Aug 20, 2021

Iran spent years preparing for a Taliban victory. It may still get stung.

Iran’s relatively sanguine stance toward the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan demonstrates, above all, the strides Tehran has made in improving its relations with the armed insurgent network that was once considered a mortal enemy of the Islamic Republic. 

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Afghanistan Iran

Mon, Aug 16, 2021

The Raisi administration must answer the IAEA enquires. Otherwise, Vienna talks risk derailment.

Tehran’s failure to fully cooperate with the IAEA’s investigation into past possible undeclared nuclear materials and activities risks derailing progress on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s (JCPOA) restoration and undermining confidence that Iran’s current nuclear program is peaceful.

IranSource by Kelsey Davenport

Iran Middle East

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The ‘Balkanization’ of Iran is a fantasy. Here’s why.

Despite the profound differences between the various ethnic groups, Iran has existed as a separate political and cultural entity with a unique national identity for centuries, unlike most Arab nation-states, whose borders were shaped by Western powers after World War I.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

The grapes of Khuzestan’s wrath

After decades of poor environmental governance and mismanagement of water resources in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province, it’s not surprising that people have taken to the streets once again since July 15, prompting a violent crackdown by security forces and near total internet shutdown.

IranSource by Nasser Karami

Energy & Environment Iran

Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Raisi’s proposed economic policy plan for Iran doesn’t make sense

It is important for the incoming Raisi administration and hardline-dominated government branches to use their one-party views to make necessary economic reforms with comprehensive and consistent economic plans to address major economic challenges in Iran. Whether that will ever happen is hard to say.

IranSource by Ebad Ebadi

Economy & Business Iran

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Iran faces its driest summer in fifty years

Only by redefining Iran’s agricultural policy and improving water conservation can Iran begin to resolve this worsening crisis.

IranSource by Omid Shokri

Energy & Environment Iran