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Debate: Iran is confronting Sunni Islamists

Debate: Iran is confronting Sunni Islamists

Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979, the Shi’a Islamist authorities in Tehran have gone to great lengths to carry the banner of the Islamic world. The trouble has so often been that other Islamist movements have either been reluctant to, or...
Rouhani Approaches a Crossroads

Rouhani Approaches a Crossroads

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won a convincing victory in the June 2013 elections. He ran on a moderate platform, promising to overhaul the political status quo in the country. In the process, he handily trounced the original seven largely conformist presidential...
Ahmedinejad’s About Face

Ahmedinejad’s About Face

On his eight trips to New York to attend the annual UN Assembly gatherings, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad never missed a chance to present himself as a revolutionary. He thundered each time from the UN podium that Iran can help bring about a different kind of...
Problems in the Pipeline

Problems in the Pipeline

In Pakistan’s feverish election season, politicians in the country are promising an array of solutions to an excruciating crisis: its acute energy shortage. There seems to be a broad national consensus that importing Iranian natural gas via a 1700-mile pipeline could...