Lost in the Labyrinth: The Green Revolution and the Islamic Republic of Iran – By Joel Hernandez

Demystifying the Green Revolution would illuminate the actual impact of the uprising on Western-Iranian relations, which was limited.

Terrorism in Iran: An Analysis of Non-State Militant Organizations in the Islamic Republic – By Micah Peckarsky

This analysis argues that internal conditions in Iran – specifically the marginalization of ethnic and religious minorities, the authoritarian nature of the regime, and its hostility to any ideological or political alternatives – have fostered the emergence of several armed groups challenging the Iranian state. This study focuses on four non-state militant groups: Jundallah, the […]

A Regional Arms Race? Testing the Nuclear Domino Theory in the Middle East – by Rizwan Ladha

Will an Iranian nuclear capability indeed ignite a regional arms escalation, with other Middle Eastern states racing to build their own arsenals?

From Silk to Sanctions and Back Again: Contemporary Sino-Iranian Economic Relations – By Aaron Morris

This paper proceeds as follows. First, an in-depth examination of the history and rapid growth of Sino-Iranian economic ties provides the contextual background necessary to understand the current state and future direction of the bilateral economic relationship. Next, the current status of the Sino-Iranian trade relationship is examined in greater depth, with a focus on energy […]

Let’s Talk About Sex and Gender: The Case of Iran: A Book Review – By Hafsa Kanjwal

During a widely reported and controversial lecture at Columbia University in New York, the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, boldly declares: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country”. His statement, which caused ripples internationally, especially in the United States, underscores prolonged tensions on the subject of gender and sexuality in modern Iran, a […]

Sanctioning Iran: The View from the United Arab Emirates – By Kosar Jahani

Through an analysis of Iran’s economic relationship with the UAE, this paper argues that the UAE, despite enjoying a strong bilateral security relationship with the United States, is unlikely to adopt the kind of unilateral sanctions that the United States advocates. The UAE, which not only enables Iran economically but whose growth is also fueled […]

Does the Price of Watermelons Matter? Economic Performance and Political Legitimacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran – by A. Nicholas Gossen

Despite Ayatollah Khomeini’s famous comment that the Iranian revolution was “not about the price of watermelons,” the Islamic Republic of Iran was in part founded on economic promises of redistribution, equality, and justice. The strength of this rhetoric has formed a core basis of political support for the regime, but it has also established public […]