Jan 21, 2016
Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies
Jan 19, 2016
Haleh Esfandiari, a former political prisoner herself, talks about Iran’s release of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other Americans as part of a prisoner swap with the US.
Jan 17, 2016
The prisoner exchange appears to be another sign that President Hassan Rouhani’s more moderate approach to foreign policy is meeting with some success, writes Haleh Esfandiari.
Jan 14, 2016
The prompt release of the 10 U.S. Navy personnel captured Tuesday by Iran’s military shows that, finally, more sensible counsels are prevailing in Tehran, write Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak.
Jan 13, 2016
"The Saudi-Iranian cold war is going to be one of the defining features of the new Middle East. Here’s why," write Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky.
Jan 05, 2016
As tensions flare between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Middle East Program Fellow David Ottaway provides perspective on the troubled relationship and its impact on the region.
Dec 29, 2015
An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.
Nov 17, 2015
Shortly before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani‘s planned visit to France was postponed in the wake of the attacks in Paris, two French journalists showed Mr. Rouhani a picture from the Facebook page of a female journalist. Masih Alinejad has been waging a campaign against the enforced wearing of Islamic head dress, or hijab. They asked President Rouhani whether the photo, which showed an Iranian woman with her hair uncovered, shocked or offended him. People are free to dress as they like in the privacy of their homes, Mr. Rouhani said, but they have to obey the law requiring women to cover their hair in public. In Iran, showing a bit of hair can be punishable by flogging.
Oct 29, 2015
Iran’s invitation to join this week’s international talks about Syria’s future underscores Tehran’s success turning itself into a major regional player.
Oct 13, 2015
Now that Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been convicted in Iran, what can we expect regarding his possible release or continued incarceration? Middle East Program Public Policy Fellow, Haleh Esfandiari provides analysis.