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Bahrain, Iran and US Policy

Bahrain, Iran and US Policy Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Simon Henderson

Neither Saudi Arabia - which bankrolls much in Bahrain, from items on the national budget to King Hamad's personal Boeing 747-400 aircraft - nor the UAE seem amenable to the notion of Bahrain being a test case for the Obama Administration's policy of promoting universal freedoms of political express

Iran and the Middle East wave of protest Categories: Iran, Middle East, Updates    

Today's Update features some views on Iranian reactions to the protests across the Middle East, as well as internal divisions within the Iranian regime. First up is Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni, who is not only familiar with the Iranian scene, but also previously reported from Egypt.

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Turning Green Again in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Omid Memarian & Roja Heydarpour

Aside from the imprisonment of its leaders and the isolation from the world, the Green Movement suffers from a lack of direction. The Egyptians had a very clear demand: They wanted Mubarak out. In Iran, there is still some confusion about whether there should be another revolution or reform within t

Iran and "Covert Action" Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Max Boot

We're in an era of "covert action." In the US, that phrase went into disrepute in the 1970s, when Congress' Church Committee exposed hare-brained CIA plots to eliminate foreign leaders, such as assassinating Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. President Ford banned assassinations, a chastened CIA ca

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Ahmadinejad in Political Trouble? Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

It was reported earlier this week that the Iranian parliament or Majlis, started to move to impeach hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, until he was rescued from the move by the intervention of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This Update looks at what is going on in Iranian internal polit

Mr. Ahmadinejad goes to Lebanon Categories: Iran, Lebanon     Author: Avi Issacharoff & Amos Harel

Despite the celebrations, the emotional speeches and the tens of thousands of people who came to see Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the southern Lebanon town of Bint Jbail on Oct. 14, it is far from clear whether his visit helped or hurt his Hezbollah proxy.

From Pyongyang with love

From Pyongyang with love Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

North Korean cooperation is a linchpin in Iran's development of ballistic missiles, without which progress would be retarded a very great deal. On Iran's nuclear push, the evidence is less conclusive, but North Korean assistance seems likely to be very significant to Iran’s nuclea

The Latest IAEA Report on Iran/ Turkey's Referendum Categories: Iran, Turkey, Updates    

As noted in the previous Update, last week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed some frightening information on Iran's nuclear program in connection within their latest quarterly report - including that Iran has perhaps three bombs worth of low-enriched uranium and has passed the c

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The State of the Iranian Revolution Categories: Iran     Author: David Menashri

Since coming to power in 1979, the Islamic Revolution in Iran has had two main aims. First, it wished to remain in power and if this was the aim of the Islamic Revolution, 31 years later, it has been successful. But revolutions don't come about simply to replace one regime with another. They come wi

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