Aug 11, 2022

Iran and the US face obstacles in their goals in the Middle East

By Ebrahim Meraji

The long rivalry between the United States and Iran reflects their differing views of an ideal regional order and contrasting methods of expanding influence.

Iran Middle East


Aug 4, 2022

My brother was executed during the 1988 massacre. The Hamid Noury trial verdict is a victory for truth and justice.

By Lawdan Bazargan

Only the truth can heal Iran and the Iranian people’s collective pain and protect future generations from the danger of such crimes.

Human Rights Iran


Aug 3, 2022

Amongst Iran’s super-rich are tax evaders too. And the government isn’t doing much about it.

By Mohammad Salami

Given Iran’s economic crisis, there is widespread public resentment of the ability of the super-rich to avoid paying taxes.

Economy & Business Iran

Event Recap

Aug 2, 2022

Iran and Iraq: The struggle for tenable relations

By Alexandra Kaiss and Mariah Smith

On July 25, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative and Future of Iran Initiative hosted a virtual event titled “Iran and Iraq: The struggle for tenable relations.”

Economy & Business Energy & Environment


Jul 26, 2022

One Iranian perpetrator gets a life sentence. Another is potentially set free.

By Celeste Kmiotek

July was bittersweet for human rights lawyers and activists, particularly those working on Iran. On July 14, the Stockholm District Court announced that former Iranian official Hamid Nouri was found guilty of war crimes and mass murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

Human Rights Iran


Jul 25, 2022

The Internet has no place in Khamenei’s vision for Iran’s future

By Sayeh Isfahani

Almost three decades after Iran connected to the Internet, Khamenei is rushing to impose the digital iron veil he has always dreamed of.

Iran Middle East


Jul 22, 2022

Putin got what he wanted at the Tehran summit. But did Iran?

By Nadereh Chamlou, Mark N. Katz

Whatever the reason, Putin had cause to be pleased with his meetings with Iranian leaders in Tehran. But it is not clear that the Iranian leadership was equally as pleased.

Iran Middle East

China-MENA Podcast

Jul 20, 2022

China-GCC Relations

By Atlantic Council

Mohammed Al Sudairi joins us to discuss China-GCC Relations in terms of people, culture and businesses, the political view of the GCC towards China, how the US-China competition narrative is received by GCC countries, and how people from the Gulf see China.

China Economy & Business


Jul 19, 2022

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati may outlive all of us—even the Angel of Death

By Holly Dagres

With Ayatollah Jannati continuing his role, the Supreme Leader is solidifying his control on power and trying to ensure a like-minded successor.

Iran Middle East


Jul 8, 2022

Iran’s Supreme Leader threatened protesters. But Iranians aren’t listening.

By Anonymous

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explicitly threatened a harsh crackdown on dissidents and proposed limits on the Internet and cyberspace, harkening back to the country’s bloody suppression of dissent during the 1980s.

Iran Middle East