The race for Iran’s presidency

Who will win Iran’s presidential election in June? This rolling series examines the likely candidates and the issues that may impact the race.

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Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Raisi’s proposed economic policy plan for Iran doesn’t make sense

It is important for the incoming Raisi administration and hardline-dominated government branches to use their one-party views to make necessary economic reforms with comprehensive and consistent economic plans to address major economic challenges in Iran. Whether that will ever happen is hard to say.

IranSource by Ebad Ebadi

Economy & Business Iran

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Iran faces its driest summer in fifty years

Only by redefining Iran’s agricultural policy and improving water conservation can Iran begin to resolve this worsening crisis.

IranSource by Omid Shokri

Energy & Environment Iran

Tue, Jun 29, 2021

If Raisi wants to improve the Iranian economy, price controls are where to start

Lawmakers and government officials in Iran repeatedly revert to the same set of failed populistic economic policies, failing to make short-term sacrifices that benefit the country in the long term. One such policy is price controls, a favorite in the toolkit of Iranian policymakers, who have attempted to control persistently high inflation rates over the past decades, but obviously with no success.

IranSource by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

Economy & Business Iran

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Thu, Jul 29, 2021

The US needs better tools to fight transnational repression. Here’s where to start.

As autocrats reach beyond their borders to punish their opponents, the United States must meet the challenge by preparing effective, forward-thinking policy.

New Atlanticist by Gissou Nia

Human Rights International Organizations

Mon, Jul 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Is the Iraq War over… again?

As the US military formally transitions to an advisory role with Iraqi forces, what’s next for the fights against ISIS and Iran-backed militias? Will anything really change? Our Iraq experts weigh in.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Thu, Jul 22, 2021

Friedlander quoted in Reuters on evasion of oil sanctions

Read the full article here.

In the News by Julia Friedlander

China Economic Sanctions

Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Slavin quoted in Albawaba on Jordan’s growing geostrategic importance

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Defense Policy

Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Slavin joins None Of The Above podcast to discuss US-Iran relations

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Human Rights

Wed, Jul 14, 2021

FAST THINKING: The geopolitics of Iran’s kidnapping plot

How should the United States respond to a kidnapping plot on American soil? And what do the revelations mean for sensitive nuclear negotiations with Tehran? Our Iran experts are on the case.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Human Rights Iran

Sat, Jul 10, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing June 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Belarus China

Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Nia in Just Security: “Will Iran’s New President be Held Accountable?”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Corruption Elections

Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Raisi’s proposed economic policy plan for Iran doesn’t make sense

It is important for the incoming Raisi administration and hardline-dominated government branches to use their one-party views to make necessary economic reforms with comprehensive and consistent economic plans to address major economic challenges in Iran. Whether that will ever happen is hard to say.

IranSource by Ebad Ebadi

Economy & Business Iran

Wed, Jul 7, 2021

Slavin quoted in Alhurra on reviving the nuclear deal

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arabic Elections