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IranSource Sep 23, 2021
With the US out of Afghanistan, Iran jumps on the opportunity of joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
By Jonathan Fulton
Even if Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is stalled, the US exit from Afghanistan changes the regional landscape.
IranSource Sep 22, 2021
Iran ‘won’ the war with Iraq but at a heavy price
By Barbara Slavin, Abbas Kadhim
More than four decades after the beginning of a dreadful war that shaped the lives and worldview of a generation, Iraq and Iran seem to have put the past behind them and moved to a new relationship. But the road ahead is not without landmines. The balance of power is too lopsided in Iran’s favor to allow for a healthy alliance and Iran’s continued estrangement from the US makes Baghdad’s balancing act even trickier. The Iranians may be enjoying their triumphant short-term position, but the long-term consequences could be calamitous.
In-depth research & reports
In-Depth Research & Reports Apr 29, 2021
Iranian women in the year 1400: The struggle for equal rights continues
By Mehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand
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.
Issue Brief Jan 14, 2021
Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal: Not so easy
By Brian O’Toole
President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, facing a litany of daunting foreign policy issues, from another massive cyber hack by Russian intelligence to alienated allies in Europe and beyond to a regime in Pyongyang that continues to proliferate weapons of mass destruction unchecked. But perhaps the stickiest—and most immediate—crisis the Biden administration […]
In-Depth Research & Reports Dec 15, 2020
A guide to illicit Iranian weapon transfers: The Bahrain file
By Tim Michetti
A new report by illicit weapon flows expert Tim Michetti offers a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon flows. The report is based on a confidential assessment of the materiel procurement networks of militants operating inside Bahrain.
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