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September 26, 2013

Iran
Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, discusses Iranian foreign policy.

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September 25, 2019

Iran
Rouhani Punctures Hope for Iran-U.S. Thaw

Iran’s president used his UN address to dispel notions about ramped-up diplomacy with the United States or fundamental changes to Iranian actions in the Persian Gulf.

October 9, 2013

Iran
The Rouhani Presidency: A kinder, gentler Islamic Republic?

In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, CFR Senior Fellow Ray Takeyh discusses the perception of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani as a reformer or pragmatist, the role of the …

August 11, 2010

Lebanon
Profile: Hassan Nasrallah

A profile of Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah.

July 18, 2014

Iran
Weekend Reading: Assad’s Inaugural Address, A Review of Rouhani, and Egypt’s Reconciliation Problems

Full text of Bashar al-Assad’s inauguration speech at his swearing-in ceremony last Wednesday, translated by the Center for Research on Globalization. Said A. Arjomand reflects on President of Iran …

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February 24, 2020

Iran
Have the Latest Elections Strengthened Iran’s Hard-Liners?

A sweeping win in parliamentary elections helps Iranian conservatives in a time of mounting tensions with Washington, but record-low turnout signals fading public support for Iran’s hard-liners.

January 22, 2020

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

January 8, 2020

Iran
Iranian Interests, Iraqi Oil, And The U.S. Response

My grandmother had a saying: “Think before you speak.” The saying, said to me and my brothers as children, was intended to help us avoid mindlessly blurting out something we would later regret. I can…

DATE IMPORTED:January 06, 2020People attend a funeral procession for Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Tehran, Iran January 6, 2020.

December 23, 2019

Global
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2019

If you are feeling a bit exhausted as 2019 comes to a close, you aren’t alone. It has been a busy year on the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, and protests have dominated …

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December 23, 2019

Lebanon
Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of a…

Demonstrators stand on a bridge decorated with a national flag during an anti-government protest along a highway in Lebanon, on October 21, 2019.