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Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Fighting corruption or just more political infighting in Iran?

A new crackdown on corruption in the Islamic Republic is roiling the country’s political elite and could have implications for the succession to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Tahereh Hadian-Jazy


Tue, Sep 3, 2019

Iran counters ‘Maximum Pressure’ by reaching out to the Kurds

Sensing the immense geopolitical challenges Iran is facing, these Kurdish groups—which seek autonomy through armed struggle—might be testing the waters amid mounting regional pressure on Tehran.

Tamer Badawi

Crisis Management

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Iran issues rare criticism of India over Kashmir

In the past, Tehran has been careful to avoid antagonizing the government in New Delhi and has sought instead to bolster Iran-India ties and to balance Iran’s relations with India and Pakistan.

Fatemeh Aman


Tue, Aug 27, 2019

It’s time to admit that we don’t understand Iran’s economy

The United States is pursuing an “economic war” on the basis of a very crude understanding of Iran’s economy. Should the goal of its sanctions policy be havoc, such an understanding will suffice.

Esfandyar Batmanghelidj

Economic Sanctions

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Mon, Aug 5, 2019

Blood money decision advances women’s rights in Iran

In early June, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld a law deciding that blood money—compensation paid to relatives for the death or injury of a family member—would be equal between men and women and no longer would a woman’s compensation be worth half of a man's.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy


Thu, Aug 1, 2019

Sanctioning Iran’s top diplomat increases chance for US-Iran war

Running out of targets for sanctions, the Trump administration has now put Iran’s chief diplomat on its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin


Wed, Jul 31, 2019

The IRGC should be held accountable for rights abuses

Up until recently, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was an organization relatively unknown to the American public. However, with the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran threatening to boil over into actual military confrontation, and the IRGC’s announcements of downing an American drone and seizing oil tankers, the increasing references to this group in the mainstream news and on social media may soon make it a household name.

IranSource by Gissou Nia

Human Rights Iran

Mon, Jul 29, 2019

Lebanon is incapable of implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1701

On its thirteen anniversary, UN Security Council Resolution 1701—intended to degrade and disarm the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah—is no closer to fulfilment than on the day it was passed.

IranSource by David Daoud

Iran Israel

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Under US sanctions, Iran regional influence grows

All US secondary sanctions on Iran’s core economic sectors were re-imposed by the Trump administration in November 2018 as a direct consequence of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

IranSource by Kenneth Katzman


Wed, Jul 24, 2019

Will the UK’s new prime minister take Trump’s side on Iran?

In recent months, a host of developments have fueled significant tension between the United Kingdom and Iran. The UK Parliament’s decision to classify Lebanese militant group Hezbollah “in its entirety” as a terrorist organization earlier this year, London siding with the Trump administration against Iran in the June 20 drone incident, and the tanker detainment episodes in Gibraltar and the Strait of Hormuz this month have driven this downward trajectory in UK-Iran relations.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero and Andreas Krieg


Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Tensions in the Persian Gulf reflect power struggle inside Iran

Throughout the past four decades, US observers have disagreed about the nature of Iran’s factional politics and some have even questioned whether real differences exist. Rising tensions in the Persian Gulf seem to reflect Iran’s unified reaction to the US “maximum pressure” campaign.

IranSource by Noah Annan


Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy is undermining Gulf oil security

How many oil tankers laden with Saudi or Emirati oil need to be attacked around the Strait of Hormuz for the US to use force in the Gulf? That is not an American problem, according to US President Donald Trump.

IranSource by Hadi Fathallah

Iran Saudi Arabia
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visiting an oil refinery in Bandar Abbas (Photo:

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Iran’s crude oil exports: what minimum is enough to stay afloat?

With the US aiming to bring Iran’s petroleum exports to a complete stop through imposed sanctions, and Iran’s dependence on petroleum revenues, the Iranian government will do its utmost to secure the minimum required oil exports. But, what is that minimum? In order to perhaps find an answer, one needs to understand current Iranian macroeconomics.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Economy & Business Iran

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Iran’s strategy to tackle sanctions: pre-selling oil

Iran’s vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, announced July 8 that any powerful country that is willing to work with Iran can pre-purchase Iranian oil. Iran is actively trying to convince its traditional costumers to purchase its oil for future deliveries in return for investment, goods or services in advance.

IranSource by Sara Vakhshouri