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Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Iranians fear a permanent internet blackout is in the making

Iranians are concerned they may soon lose access to the global internet as authorities race to bolster local infrastructures.

IranSource by Maziar Motamedi

Iran Middle East

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

US policy hinders positive ‘regime change’ in Iran

With the rare exception of a weekend prisoner swap, the record of US-Iran relations since the Trump administration came to office has been dismal both for the Iranian people and for US national interests. A policy of undermining and then quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA)—topped by an embargo on the export of […]

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Thu, Dec 5, 2019

Assessing US policy toward Iran

The effectiveness of any US policy needs to be measured against the primary objective it is seeking to accomplish. A policy might be changing some conditions in a target country, but not others. The conditions that are being changed by US policy might be material to US interests, or they might not. The key question […]

IranSource by Kenneth Katzman

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

New protests expose widening rift between Iran’s regime and ‘the people’

Whether one is navigating past truckers driving along country roads, visiting underground parties in the capital, or holding heated debates with members of different political persuasions in cafes or shared taxis, Iran doesn’t feel like a totalitarian dictatorship.  Forty years after a violent revolution that overturned a small Western-oriented elite, Iranians remain irrepressible and irreverent—as […]

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Digital Policy Iran

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Protests challenge Iran’s future position in Iraq

Ongoing violent protests in Iraq have shaken the fragile stability of the country, as well as Iran’s carefully constructed geopolitical strategy for its neighbor and historic rival.

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Economy & Business Energy & Environment
20191125_IranInternet

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Iranians endure internet shutdown with despair and disarray

On November 16, 2019, the Iranian government shut down the Internet throughout the country following a decision to triple the price of fuel overnight.

IranSource by Khosro Kalbasi

Digital Policy Economy & Business

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Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Iranians fear a permanent internet blackout is in the making

Iranians are concerned they may soon lose access to the global internet as authorities race to bolster local infrastructures.

IranSource by Maziar Motamedi

Iran Middle East

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

US policy hinders positive ‘regime change’ in Iran

With the rare exception of a weekend prisoner swap, the record of US-Iran relations since the Trump administration came to office has been dismal both for the Iranian people and for US national interests. A policy of undermining and then quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCOPA)—topped by an embargo on the export of […]

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Thu, Dec 5, 2019

Assessing US policy toward Iran

The effectiveness of any US policy needs to be measured against the primary objective it is seeking to accomplish. A policy might be changing some conditions in a target country, but not others. The conditions that are being changed by US policy might be material to US interests, or they might not. The key question […]

IranSource by Kenneth Katzman

Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

New protests expose widening rift between Iran’s regime and ‘the people’

Whether one is navigating past truckers driving along country roads, visiting underground parties in the capital, or holding heated debates with members of different political persuasions in cafes or shared taxis, Iran doesn’t feel like a totalitarian dictatorship.  Forty years after a violent revolution that overturned a small Western-oriented elite, Iranians remain irrepressible and irreverent—as […]

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Digital Policy Iran

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Protests challenge Iran’s future position in Iraq

Ongoing violent protests in Iraq have shaken the fragile stability of the country, as well as Iran’s carefully constructed geopolitical strategy for its neighbor and historic rival.

IranSource by Robert Czulda

Economy & Business Energy & Environment
20191125_IranInternet

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Iranians endure internet shutdown with despair and disarray

On November 16, 2019, the Iranian government shut down the Internet throughout the country following a decision to triple the price of fuel overnight.

IranSource by Khosro Kalbasi

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Tue, Nov 19, 2019

Iran protests: Something has to give

At midnight on November 15, the Iranian government announced it was hiking petrol prices by at least 50 percent. Although the government justified the measure—itself part of badly-needed structural reforms—as a means of generating cash handouts for 60 million of the country’s poorest citizens (or 75 percent of the population), it triggered large-scale protests across […]

IranSource by Kevjn Lim

Iran Middle East

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Iran protests: A quest for reform turns into widespread discontent

Popular protests are flaring up in the Middle East. From Lebanon to Iraq and now Iran, they show the weakening of the social contract between the population and their government. In the Islamic Republic, the post-revolutionary social contract was born on a populist promises of justice, but decades of endemic political and economic inefficiencies wiped […]

IranSource by Giorgia Perletta

Iran Middle East

Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Iran and Europe play nuclear chicken

Neither Europe nor Iran wants to see the destruction of the JCPOA, which represented for each the culmination of twelve years of hard diplomatic work, initially without US participation.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Iran isn’t dashing toward a bomb—for now

Iran’s most recent step to breach the nuclear restrictions in the 2015 multilateral deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not pose a near-term proliferation risk, but it is a significant escalation by Tehran that risks shutting the door on negotiations to restore compliance with the accord. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani […]

IranSource by Kelsey Davenport

Arms Control Security & Defense