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Protests in Iran: Their Motives and Meaning

As protests sweep the Islamic Republic, Iran-watchers are wrestling with their precise triggers and consequences. These demonstrations, leaderless and unorganized, may well fade in the face of the repressive powers of the state, but what are their larger significance for Iran's domestic and foreign policy? What opportunities or risks do they present for the Trump administration's approach to the country and the region? 

In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran Iran analysts and journalists addressed these issues. 

Despite the Protests, Little Will Change in Iran

After a week of political unrest in Iran, it is now possible to delineate the prominent features of the protests and demonstrations.

History Meets Politics: Government and Academic Specialists Discuss Latest FRUS Volume on Iran 1953 Coup

In June 2017, Iran scholars fairly rejoiced when the State Department suddenly released its long-suppressed Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) volume covering the years 1951-1954 in Iran. The defining event of that period, of course, was the coup d’etat against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, orchestrated by the US and British governments with Iranian participation.

Iran and North Korea: Marriage of Convenience

The Trump administration has cited North Korea’s attainment of nuclear weapons and increasingly advanced missiles as a key reason for reexamining the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. “What we're saying now with Iran is don't let it become the next North Korea,” U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on October 15.

The 1953 Coup D’Etat in Iran: New FRUS, New Questions

The New FRUS Collection Opens Up Fresh Avenues for Research into U.S. Decision-Making

The CIA's TPBEDAMN and Stay-Behind Operations in Iran

Insights from the State Department's new FRUS volume on the 1953 coup in Iran

The State Department recently released a new collection of documents on the US role in the August 1953 coup that deposed Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. This collection provides some interesting new details about the coup but leaves unanswered numerous questions that have vexed historians.