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September 26, 2013

Iran
Hassan Rouhani

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

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.

May 9, 2019

Sudan
The Roots of Sudan's Upheaval

While the Sudanese military expelled President Omar al-Bashir from office, the people of Sudan are ultimately responsible for toppling his regime, and the leaders of the protest movement have promised not to let up until civilian rule is secured. They well know that any persistence of military control represents a continuation of the Bashir regime, and in particular, the Arabic-speaking population’s monopoly of power.

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May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

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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January 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Week in Review: January 4, 2019

This week: Germany's political establishment is hit by data leak; Iran bans Instagram; internet shutdown in the DRC; the U.S. Congress opens federal data sets to AI companies. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin

September 6, 2018

Syrian Civil War
Erdogan, Rouhani and Putin Talk Syria and Populism Looms in Swedish Elections

Turkish, Russian and Iranian leaders meet over the war in Syria, Sweden eyes populism amid new general elections, and President Trump’s tariffs could hit $200 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese import…

Podcast Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia pose before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 4, 2018.

August 1, 2013

The World Next Week: Iranian President-Elect Rouhani Takes Office, Obama Celebrates His 52nd Birthday, Japan Sends the First Robotic Astronaut Into Space

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani, President Obama’s birthday and his progress in his second term, and Japan’s robotic astronaut la…

Supporters of Hassan Rohani celebrate his victory in Iran's presidential election (Fars News/Sina Shiri/Courtesy Reuters).

September 27, 2018

Iran
U.S. vs. Iran: Parsing the War of Words at the UN

Despite the sharp exchanges between the U.S. and Iranian presidents at the United Nations, new negotiations may not be so far-fetched as sanctions intensify against Tehran.

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