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Jul 16, 2024

What’s behind the Middle East’s doomsday fever?

By Sarah Zaaimi

Doomsday sects should be understood as a social phenomenon in the context of a collectively traumatized society.

Arabic English


Jul 12, 2024

A JCPOA 2.0 will secure Iran as a threshold state but move it away from a bomb

By Danny Citrinowicz  

Through painful compromises on both sides, the desire to avoid a broad escalation can increase the likelihood of reaching a JCPOA 2.0.

Conflict Iran

In the News

Jul 10, 2024

Donovan and Nikoladze cited by Washington Post on sanctions evasion

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China Economic Sanctions


Jul 9, 2024

An Iranian war criminal’s freedom has a detonating impact on the universal jurisdiction project

By Shadi Sadr

There is a significant risk that the transfer of convicted war criminal Hamid Noury could lead to similar cases, unless the international community addresses its detonating effects.

Human Rights Iran

Issue Brief

Jul 8, 2024

Is Iran an ideological state?

By Mahmood Sariolghalam

Mahmood Sariolghalam argues that Islamic fundamentalism did motivate Iran’s international presence in the first decade of the revolution. However, after the death of its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, the country’s foreign policy now prioritizes policies to guarantee its political survival.

Iran Middle East


Jun 27, 2024

The pardoning and release of a convicted Iranian war criminal is a crime

By Lawdan Bazargan

Hamid Noury's return to Iran in a political exchange undermines international justice, and potentially emboldens other rogue regimes globally.

Human Rights Iran


Jun 27, 2024

Sweden released an Iranian war criminal. Here’s how activists and rights defenders reacted.

By Khosro Sayeh Isfahani

World powers will continue negotiating with the Islamic Republic and make shortsighted concessions that will endanger not only the future of Iran but also global security. However, the fight for the liberation of Iran is not over—at least for Iranians.

Conflict Human Rights


Jun 21, 2024

Don’t be fooled by the ‘reformist.’ Iran’s presidential election won’t bring fundamental change.

By Holly Dagres

The only way out of this conundrum is if Iranians take their destiny into their own hands.

Civil Society Democratic Transitions


Jun 21, 2024

There are several Iranian presidential candidates, but only one Khamenei might want

By Shay Khatiri

Whoever becomes president will be a hint as to which of these crises the supreme leader believes to be the most urgent.

Democratic Transitions Elections


Jun 19, 2024

Masoud Pezeshkian is a possible game changer in the upcoming Iranian presidential election

By Saeid Jafari

Masoud Pezeshkian has the potential to be a game changer in the upcoming presidential election, but he faces significant hurdles.

Elections Iran