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May 1, 2017

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

May 1, 2017

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Test

Iran’s May 19 election will pit Ibrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the supreme leader, against the more centrist incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, in a contest that may hinge on the perceived economic im…

President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for re-election.

May 31, 2018

Iran
Iran’s Restive Middle-Class Poor

The latest recurrence of domestic protests in Iran stems from the country’s role in regional wars, combined with corruption and economic mismanagement. This discontent is likely to continue to pose a…

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in Rome, Italy, on January 2, 2018.

January 19, 2017

Iran
Why Is Iran Imprisoning Iranian-Americans?

What is behind Iran’s latest seizures of expatriates visiting from the United States? An insecure regime fearful of close ties with the West.

April 7, 2016

Iran
Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Debate

In the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, debate has revived in the regime over how far to open up to outside trade and finance. It has become a struggle over Iran’s identity.

October 1, 2015

Iran
Understanding Iran’s Mideast Role

UN gestures aside, Iran cannot be considered a credible partner for a coalition of states seeking to resolve the Syrian civil war, writes CFR’s Ray Takeyh.

June 3, 2009

Iran
Harnessing Iran’s Role in Afghanistan

CFR’s George Gavrilis urges U.S. officials to build a partnership with Iran in Afghanistan to help stabilize Kabul, and possibly plant the seeds for broader rapprochement.

June 16, 2016

Iran
How Powerful Is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps?

The Revolutionary Guards are involved in maintaining domestic order, projecting Iranian influence in the Mideast, and presiding over major business interests. They are poised to take on a bigger role…

May 25, 2017

Iran
A New Mideast Cold War Intensifies

The reelection of Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, as well as U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s strong affirmation of ties with Sunni Arab states, sets the stage for an intense new round of competition in the M…

Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman attend the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh.

May 7, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
Clouds Over Camp David Summit

The U.S. and Gulf Arab leaders gathering in Camp David are pursuing divergent courses in the Middle East, with differences over Iran nuclear talks likely to drive them further apart, writes CFR’s Ray…