The race for Iran’s presidency

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Thu, May 13, 2021

Iran’s ‘reformists’ contemplate their post-election future

It would require a miracle to revive the fortune of the reformists or moderates based on the current attitude of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

Elections Iran

Fri, May 7, 2021

Iran’s presidential elections don’t matter. Here’s why.

While the final list of candidates will not be announced by the Guardian Council before May 26, it can be said with certainty that whoever emerges victorious will not have a material impact on Iran’s domestic or foreign policy.

IranSource by Shahin Milani

Iran Middle East

Thu, May 6, 2021

Supreme Leader directly intervenes in Iran’s June vote

Khamenei’s interventions might have helped the hardliners camp eliminate its strongest competition but he definitely has not been able to resolve the big differences and gaps inside his own camp to bring its top figures into agreement on a single candidate.

IranSource by Anonymous

Elections Iran

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Thu, May 13, 2021

Iran’s ‘reformists’ contemplate their post-election future

It would require a miracle to revive the fortune of the reformists or moderates based on the current attitude of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

Elections Iran

Wed, May 12, 2021

Webinar: Understanding Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process

The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Eurasia Center, in partnership with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, host a conversation about Russian and Iranian perspectives on the Afghan peace process.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Sun, May 9, 2021

Four Mideast signs of change offer historic opportunity. Here’s how Biden can build on them.

A positive series of loosely connected events across the Middle East offers the best opportunity in memory for reducing tensions, ending conflict, building economic progress, and advancing regional integration.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Iran Israel

Fri, May 7, 2021

Iran’s presidential elections don’t matter. Here’s why.

While the final list of candidates will not be announced by the Guardian Council before May 26, it can be said with certainty that whoever emerges victorious will not have a material impact on Iran’s domestic or foreign policy.

IranSource by Shahin Milani

Iran Middle East

Thu, May 6, 2021

Supreme Leader directly intervenes in Iran’s June vote

Khamenei’s interventions might have helped the hardliners camp eliminate its strongest competition but he definitely has not been able to resolve the big differences and gaps inside his own camp to bring its top figures into agreement on a single candidate.

IranSource by Anonymous

Elections Iran

Wed, May 5, 2021

The Iran terror trial verdict could forever change terror trials in Europe

The significance of the proceedings and the verdict stand to permanently change the way European law and member states investigate and try terrorism cases.

IranSource by Sarah Kay

Human Rights Iran

Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Déby’s death: A microcosm of the flaws of French foreign policy in Libya

Far from being the sole architect of his premature death, the conditions that led to Chadian President Idriss Déby’s passing are also a direct byproduct of the myopic policies of his main Western ally—France—in neighboring Libya.

MENASource by Emadeddin Badi

Iran Middle East

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Adding an Ishmael Track to the Abraham Accords: How to pursue détente between Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE

Most Middle East observers thought that they would never see normalization between Arabs and Israelis in their lifetimes. Now that we have seen this step taken—this chasm jumped—there is no reason not to envision Arab-Iranian normalization if the regimes prioritize long-term national interests like their economies, their self-sufficiency, and the future well-being of their publics. This roadmap is theirs for the taking.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Iranian women in the year 1400: The struggle for equal rights continues

A new report outlines an image of women’s struggles for equality to help US policymakers better understand the intricacies of Iranian society and to design policies that support—but do not supplant or undermine—the women’s movement.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand

Conflict Iran

Thu, Apr 29, 2021

COVID-19 depressed women’s employment everywhere, and more so in Iran

In Iran, the closures and the pandemic have depressed women’s already low economic participation rates by about 20 percent. However, even during periods of relatively high economic rates of growth, female labor force participation and unemployment rates have remained unmoved.

IranSource by Nadereh Chamlou

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