Iran News

Hassan Rouhani’s Women’s Rights Conundrum

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.

How a Conflicted Iran Undercuts Its Own Regional Ambitions

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.

Washington Post Journalist Convicted in Iran

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.

Deconstructing the U.S.-Russian Impasse Over Syria

Oct 13, 2015
Are the United States and Russia poised to act at cross-purposes with each other or is some kind of synergy possible?

How Jason Rezaian’s Conviction Is a Warning to Iran’s President Rouhani

Oct 13, 2015
"By finding Mr. Rezaian guilty, Iran’s security agencies and judiciary are effectively warning Mr. Rouhani. They know that this conviction will strengthen those in the U.S., including members of Congress, who are skeptical of President Barack Obama‘s outreach to Iran; and they will continue to try to obstruct Mr. Rouhani’s outreach to Washington," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Betting on the Reform and the Reformers in Iran

Oct 07, 2015
"Driven on one hand by a profound sense of insecurity and a deep sense of entitlement, if not grandiosity, on the other, Iran’s desire for a putative nuclear weapon isn’t some discretionary foreign-policy option. As an aspiring great power in its region, nuclear weapons threshold status may actually be central to its own sense of identity at home and to the tools it needs to navigate the harsh world it sees abroad." writes Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky

Iran’s Nuclear Chess Continued: Reviewing The Deal

Sep 29, 2015
Robert Litwak, an internationally recognized expert on nonproliferation, has been following the saga of Iran’s nuclear program since the beginning. His insightful book, “Iran’s Nuclear Chess,” has been updated now that a deal has been struck. In this interview, he spoke about the latest developments, and in reviewing the deal, he covers fears and hopes on both sides of the equation.

Engaging Iran and Russia on Syria, the U.S. Has a Weak Hand

Sep 28, 2015
"But if we engage Mr. Assad’s two allies over his fate, we should be under no illusion on what the outcome is likely to be: a never-ending transition that keeps him in power (for a good while) and Russia and Iran as the key eternal actors in the Syrian drama," writes Aaron David Miller.

Iran’s Nuclear Chess: An Analysis and Discussion of the Agreement

Sep 18, 2015
Nonproliferation expert Robert Litwak provided an insightful analysis of the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran during a discussion with David Sanger, The New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent and former Public Policy Scholar the Wilson Center.