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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.

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.

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.

June 21, 2018

Israel
What’s Behind Israel’s Growing Ties With China?

China and Israel have sharply ramped up trade, investment, and cultural ties in recent years, but obstacles to closer relations may yet emerge.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and employees of China Railway Engineering Corporation mark the beginning of underground construction work on a light rail project in Tel Aviv.

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…

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.

March 6, 2018

Al-Qaeda
Al-Qaeda’s Resurrection

With the demise of the Islamic State, a revived al-Qaeda and its affiliates should now be considered the world’s top terrorist threat.

Members of al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra