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Council on Foreign Relations Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin
April 2012

Spotlight on Religious Scholars: Chris Seiple

Chris Seiple is president of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), a research, education, and diplomatic institution that builds sustainable religious freedom worldwide through local partnerships. He is an adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Federal Advisory Committee's Religion and Foreign Policy working group, and founder of The Review of Faith and International Affairs. Read more about Dr. Seiple's background and IGE.

Why Iran's Mullahs Cannot Rest Easy

Beneath the facade of order and stability, Iran's clerical state faces a deep crisis of legitimacy, says CFR's Ray Takeyh. His article catalogues the decades of political revolt and dissent that have challenged the Islamic Republic, and ultimately argues that the Green Movement represents a compilation of all the previous political coalitions that have sought to liberalize Iran.

Takeyh believes that if the Green Movement cannot revive itself, other social movements waiting in the wings will eventually emerge to challenge the clerical state. But for now, in Iran, "the mixture of strident nationalism and Islamism that has guided its foreign policy for the past three decades remains intact."




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