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December 16, 2013

Palestinian Territories
A Conversation with Reza Aslan on the Politics of Jesus in First-Century Palestine

Reza Aslan leads a conversation on the politics of Jesus in first-century Palestine, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

April 13, 2011

Political Movements
Is Iran Benefiting from Middle East Revolutions?

Reza Aslan, author of ’No God but God,’ discusses how the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa influences the balance of power in the region, and whether it is benefiting Iran.

November 13, 2017

Turkey
Turkey media Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Shaky Experiment in Modernization

With a bold modernization project, Saudi Arabia is embarking on reforms U.S. policymakers have been urging for decades. The crown prince’s recent crackdown could undermine this crucial effort.

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 18, 2017

Iran
a girl holds a poster of Rouhani Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

May 1, 2017

Iran
President Hassan Rouhani registers to run for re-election. 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…

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 6, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Political Islam in the Middle East

Political power has been a divisive experience for Islamist parties, but it may also greatly expand opportunities in the region, says CFR’s Reza Aslan.

July 15, 2015

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Iran's defense ministry inaugurated this carbon-fiber plant, seen in 2011, after international sanctions blocked the dual-use material's import. International Sanctions on Iran

U.S. and international sanctions have battered the Iranian economy and brought Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program. Lifting them is central to a deal but will be a complex process.