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August 13, 2020

A Conversation With Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

Please join President Ghani as he discusses the challenges facing Afghanistan, the peace deal with the Taliban, and the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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November 17, 2020

Palestinian Territories
A Conversation With Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian Authority

Prime Minister Shtayyeh discusses the Palestinian Authority’s relations with the United States, its security and economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the broader Middle East peace process. 

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September 21, 2020

A Conversation With Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses Iranian relations with the United States, the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and prospects for peace in the Middle East.

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February 24, 2016

Iran
Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad A…

September 21, 2017

Afghanistan
A Conversation With Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discusses the challenges facing Afghanistan, including its fight against terror groups, and his country’s relationship with the United States.

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July 17, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
A Conversation With Mohammad Javad Zarif

Foreign Minister Zarif discusses current developments in the Middle East.

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April 23, 2018

Iran
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on U.S.-Iran Relations

Minister Zarif discusses U.S.-Iran relations, regional politics in the Middle East, and the future of the Iran nuclear deal. 

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February 8, 2022

Iran
The Last Shah—New in Paperback

Ray Takeyh provides new interpretations of many important events—including the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq and the rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini—significantly revising ou…

November 4, 2011

Iran
Weekend Reading: Egypt vs. Tunisia, Turkey’s Constitution, and Between Ankara and Tehran

A woman prays inside the Mevlana museum in Konya (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters) Bahey el-Din Hassan compares Egypt and Tunisia at their respective stages of post-uprising politics. Murat Yetkin…

Weekend Reading: Egypt vs. Tunisia, Turkey’s Constitution, and Between Ankara and Tehran

June 16, 2021

Iran
Iran’s Presidential Election: What to Know

Iran holds its presidential election on June 18, and turnout is expected to be low as the country deals with a battered economy and the ongoing pandemic. But does the Iranian president matter?