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Neither Bread nor Freedom in Iran

Protests are likely to continue flaring up in Iran as a function of the regime’s attempt at modernizing the country while denying personal and political freedoms to the children of modernization.

Succession in Iran: Who Will Be the Next Supreme Leader?

On September 22, AGSIW hosted a discussion on political succession in Iran.

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The Pandemic is Dwindling, but Iran’s Politicization of the Coronavirus Has Taken Its Toll

The Iranian government’s idiosyncratic response to the health emergency and its ideological handling of the immunization plans still resonates with many as the symptom of a broader malaise: the perception that to the government, politics supersede Iranian lives.

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Does Iran Want the Nuke and How Fast?

Iranian leaders may find the current international circumstances more amenable to a dash to nuclear deterrence. But the risks are truly grave.

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Iran Has One Last Chance to Revive the 2015 Nuclear Deal

A new EU proposal, embraced by the United States, gives Iran a last chance, but Tehran seems fixated on using it to shut down the IAEA investigation.

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Iran’s Nuclear Option: Negotiation Tactics or Strategic Shift Encouraged by Russia?

Rather than attempts at empowering negotiators in Vienna, recent statements on Iran’s nuclear program may reflect changed calculations based on Russia’s green light to Iran opting for the nuclear bomb.

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Waiting on Hardship: Economic Jihad or Market Liberalization in Iran?

The Raisi government’s political rhetoric of submission to economic hardship fails to provide a tangible economic solution to tackle Iran’s economic crisis.

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Bread Riots in Iran, Intransigence in Vienna

Are domestic protests over economic conditions likely to increase Iran’s willingness to come to a final agreement with the United States to restore the JCPOA?

Saudi-Iranian Negotiations: Managing the Conflict and Gauging Broader Regional Impact

Moves to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are already creating ripple effects across the region.

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