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January 5, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East.

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

Kohl 1989

February 6, 2019

Iran
Iran’s Internal Challenges and Domestic Politics

Panelists discuss the political and economic challenges facing Iran internally, including the recent protests and the pressure to deliver economic development under the stress of sanctions.

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February 6, 2019

Iran
Iran’s Imperial Foreign Policy

Panelists analyze Iran's foreign policy strategy, including their regional ambitions and interventions in Syria and Yemen, and offer recommendations on ways the United States should proceed after wit…

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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.

December 5, 2018

Iran
U.S. Policy Toward Iran After JCPOA

Panelists discuss how the United States should approach its relationship with Iran after withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018.

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December 9, 2016

Elections and Voting
Ten Elections to Watch in 2017

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year. The results provided plenty of surprises. British voters defied the pollsters and voted to leave the European Union. Colombians did mu…

Iranian woman holding her daughter casts her ballot during elections for the parliament and Assembly of Experts, in Tehran

May 25, 2016

Iran
No Surprise in Another Hard-Liner Victory in Iran

When the nuclear agreement with Iran was signed last year, one of the arguments for it was that it would help "moderates" in Tehran. And when Iran held parliamentary elections and elections for the c…

October 5, 2018

United States
John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture With John Kerry

John Kerry discusses his American life as a Navy lieutenant, prosecutor, lieutenant governor, Democratic nominee for the presidency of the United States, five term senator, and U.S. Secretary of Stat…

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May 7, 2015

Iran
Reminders About Iran

During the three-month period between April 2 and June 30, Iran and the P5+1 are supposed to negotiate a comprehensive agreement about Iran’s nuclear program. The United States has been careful not t…