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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.

May 6, 2019

Defense and Security
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Conceived as the principal defenders of the 1979 revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has evolved into an institution with vast political, economic, and military power.

Members of the Revolutionary Guards attend a parliamentary session in Tehran.

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.

December 5, 2018

Iran
How Women’s Small Acts of Resistance Threaten the Iranian Government

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This piece is authored by Madison Schramm, …

Women wait for a bus in central Tehran, Iran.

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.

May 10, 2019

Democracy
The Future of Democracy Around the World

AYRES: Good morning. Good morning. It’s great to see so many people here today. I understand we have a full house. That’s terrific. We have what I am certain is going to be an excellent discussion fo…

Play Panel on the Future of Democracies

November 13, 2017

Turkey
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.

Turkey media

November 8, 2017

Saudi Arabia
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.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presides over a meeting in Riyadh.

March 12, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
How We Win

Farah Pandith argues for a paradigm shift in our approach to combating extremism, one that mobilizes the expertise and resources of diplomats, corporate leaders, mental health experts, social scientists, entrepreneurs, local communities, and, most of all, global youth themselves.

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…