Iranian Great Power Ambitions and China’s Return to the Olympic Movement, 1973-74

CWIHP eDossier No. 75

Iranian Great Power Ambitions and China’s Return to the Olympic Movement, 1973-74

Stefan Huebner

November 2016

“We want the true representation of Asia in the Asian Games Federation.” 

Russian-Iranian Relations in 2016: Partners of Convenience

Although recently Russia has firmly allied itself with the Iran-led Shia axis in the Middle East, Russian-Iranian relations are far from the strategic partnership they are often seen as. Despite increased military cooperation, Russian-Iranian relations remain tense and ambiguous, bearing the potential for both further rapprochement and increased rivalry.

A Post-ISIS Recovery Plan for Syria

The Mosul operation to defeat ISIS is now underway. After Mosul, U.S. and coalition efforts will concentrate on Raqqa in Syria, ISIS’s putative capital. When Raqqa falls, ISIS will cease to control any sizeable territory and will have been dealt a deathblow. But Syria will continue to be mired in a civil war that has made refugees of half of its population.

Iran, Israel, and the United States: What to Expect Next?

Two experts offered analysis on the future of triangular relations among Iran, Israel, and the United States.

Wilson Center Urging Iranian Government to Release Siamak and Baquer Namazi

The Wilson Center is deeply dismayed and troubled by the announcement that Siamak and Baquer Namazi have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, according to the country’s Mizan news agency. Siamak is an Iranian-American businessman and a former Wilson Center public policy scholar. His father, Baquer, is a former UNICEF representative and previously spoke at several Wilson Center events.

Iran’s Closed-Door Trial and Sentencing of Iranian-Americans Siamak and Baquer Namazi

An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced a 45-year old Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father, a retired United Nations Children’s Fund employee, each to 10 years in prison. The saga of Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, and the harsh sentences announced Tuesday illustrate the depths to which the Iranian judicial system has sunk.

Election 2016: The Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iran nuclear deal continues to be a focus of partisan disagreement during election 2016. We asked nonproliferation expert, Robert Litwak to provide an update on the deal in the shadow of the race for the White House. That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



Vilification of Saudi Arabia Serves No Good Purpose

The vilification of Saudi Arabia has become a fashionable but highly risky game in Washington today.  Congress has passed overwhelmingly a bill that would lift Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity to allow 9/11 families to sue its government for its alleged support of the worst terrorist attack ever inside the United States.

The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

Jay Solomon, author of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East, discussed his new book on the ongoing economic and diplomatic wars with Iran.

Beneath Iranian Supreme Leader’s New Plan for Women, Social Structures of the Past

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has again turned his attention to the role of women in society.

In a 16-point declaration issued Saturday to all three branches of government, the supreme leader discussed making Iran a “family-centered society.” Basically, Ayatollah Khamenei wants women to marry, raise children and be homemakers.