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Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Iran’s regional ambitions are not going anywhere

Time and time again, Iran has proved that, despite its limitations and weaknesses, it manages to hold on and turn threats into opportunities that preserve not only the regime’s survival, but its regional influence, as well.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Iranian officials troll the US handling of the coronavirus to hide their own failings

Iranian officials have taken to firing aggressive and sometimes disparaging remarks deriding the Western—especially American—response to the coronavirus outbreak in an apparent attempt to counter criticism of their own shortcomings.

IranSource by Scheherazade Faramarzi

Coronavirus Middle East

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Iranian prisoners left behind amid COVID chaos

Even before the current crisis, the situation in prisons was becoming difficult to manage due to a poor economy and crippling US sanctions. Prisoners, regardless of their crimes or location of incarceration, are terrified of being forgotten or left without medical care. Overcrowding makes them susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and other diseases.

IranSource by Mehrnaz Samimi

Coronavirus Iran

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Why a new nuclear deal with Iran is needed now

There is thus no alternative to behind the scenes good faith negotiations with all the parties to hammer out a new agreement. The best guarantee that Iran’s nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful would be for Iran to adopt the so-called “nuclear gold standard”—a legally binding obligation to forswear enrichment and reprocessing technology. Iran, however, has repeatedly stated that it will never give up what it considers its right under the NPT to enrich uranium.

IranSource by Pierre Goldschmidt

Coronavirus Iran

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Pressure mounts on Trump to ease sanctions on Iran amid COVID-19 outbreak

Members of Congress, world leaders, international organizations, editorial boards, and civil society activists are calling on the Trump administration to lift sanctions on Iran, at least temporarily, while the country fights the coronavirus pandemic.

IranSource by Negar Mortazavi

Coronavirus Iran

Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Separating fact from fiction and fate: Assessing Iran’s response to COVID-19

Iran has one of the best medical and public health infrastructures in the Middle East, exporting its cadre of physicians abroad for decades. But the crisis has revealed a nation where politics and appearances trump public safety.

Blogs by Borzou Daragahi

Coronavirus Iran

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Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Iranian new year begins with a growing coronavirus crisis

According to a Persian expression, “Springtime reveals what kind of a year we’d have,” meaning that should a year start well, it would continue and end well. If spring is unpleasant, however, one cannot hope for a good year.

IranSource by Mehrnaz Samimi

Coronavirus Iran

Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Idlib is a stress test for Iranian-Turkish relations

The killing of scores of Lebanese Hezbollah members amid Turkey’s ongoing military campaign against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and various pro-Assad forces on February 28 raises important questions about how the Idlib crisis will impact Tehran’s relationship with Ankara.

IranSource by Sina Azodi and Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Middle East

Mon, Mar 16, 2020

COVID-19: The latest shock to a battered Iranian system

How many shocks can a political system absorb and still remain in power?

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Coronavirus Iran

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

How Iran’s new Quds Force commander could hurt the US in Afghanistan

A US-Taliban peace deal leaves the possibility of Iran-sponsored proxy groups such as the Fatemiyoun Brigade or Taliban breakaway factions to go after the downsized US troop presence or other American targets in Afghanistan.

IranSource by Obaidullah Obaid

Afghanistan Iran

Thu, Mar 5, 2020

Soleimani’s grave isn’t all hearts and roses, like Hezbollah fighters

While Hezbollah combatants looked up to the commander in life, their graves take on highly-personalized and vibrant forms that veer away from Qasem Soleimani's modest grave site.

IranSource by Lizzie Porter

Iran Middle East

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Ayatollah Mike and the IRGC’s growing credibility gap

The IRGC’s attempts to fudge the facts and manipulate the news is creating a credibility gap: a breach in trust between the people and the government.

IranSource by Emily Blout

Iran Middle East

Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Trump fights Iran’s ‘Axis of Resistance’ in Latin America

With President Donald Trump in the White House and Mike Pompeo as his Secretary of State, the US is determined to eject Iranian influence from Latin America.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Latin America

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Factbox: The outcome of Iran’s 2020 parliamentary elections

Now that the elections are over, this guide aims to illuminate its outcome and why there was a low turnout.

IranSource by Arash Azizi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Cover-ups and incompetence: Iran as the Middle East’s coronavirus epicenter

For now, Iran has not banned its citizens from traveling to China, which as of midnight on February 25 has confirmed nearly 65,000 infections within its border.

IranSource by Brendon Hong

Iran Middle East

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

FATF blacklists Iran, but does it matter?

The decision to impose counter-measures by the Paris-based body signals something of an end to the group’s patience with Iran, especially by the European Union, after Tehran failed to follow through on the action plan it agreed upon with the FATF to address its deficiencies.

IranSource by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran