Reformers vs. Revolutionaries: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Gird Themselves for Change

On May 19, Iranians will have an election - as elections go in Iran, that is.  The candidates have been vetted and no one is about to murmur a word against the current Islamic Republic; speech and politics in Iran must fit into neat little boxes approved by the Supreme Leader.  Yet that is not … Continue reading Reformers vs. Revolutionaries: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Gird Themselves for Change

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Iran is becoming a better place (but don’t take that for granted)

While America's upcoming election fills many with worry, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a quiet yet meaningful election all its own.  The results shoved aside the hardliners who have for so long dominated Iran's many branches of the Islamic Republic, stuffing the all-important Assembly of Experts with relatively moderate forces poised to elect a … Continue reading Iran is becoming a better place (but don’t take that for granted)

The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)

I've been having it out with plenty of folks lately regarding the Iranian nuclear deal.  Last week's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the American Congress summarized pretty well why there are doubts about the deal, which would leave Iran's nuclear program intact but short of weaponizing. Essentially, it boiled down to ideology … Continue reading The Case that Iran Isn’t Crazy (Or: No Revolution Lasts Long Unless It Plays By Geopolitics)