Politics and Governance

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The Supreme Leader’s Perilous Crisis Management

As supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cannot exonerate himself from the government’s decision to adjust the fuel price, and as commander in chief, he must shoulder responsibility for the deaths, injuries, and arrests of protesters.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Four Decades of Expanded Business and Military Influence

This paper explores how the IRGC has advanced its position in Iran and how it will be affected if the current economic pressure on Iran is sustained.

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Prospects for Negotiations and a United Yemen

Ambassador Stephen A. Seche sat down with Mohammed Abulahoum from Yemen's Justice and Building Party to discuss the potential for a resolution to the conflict and a unified Yemeni state.

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Iran’s November Protests in Perspective

As long as U.S. sanctions are in place, Iran is likely to encounter more unrest. How the recent crisis compares to earlier crises in the Islamic Republic may provide insights into the regime’s behavior in future protests.

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Tehran Unveils New Approach to Information Warfare

Recent protests provided the Islamic Republic with an opportunity to test drive an internet blackout and the Iranian intranet.

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Kuwait Shakes Up Its Government amid Charges of Corruption

Kuwait’s government resigns amid charges of embezzlement, as both the Parliament and ruling family prepare for impending elections – and a looming succession.

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Unprepared: The Islamic Republic Confronts Fuel Protests

Iran’s leadership has for years downplayed the impact of sanctions on the economy. Now that President Hassan Rouhani and the regime are compelled to make economic adjustments, they are facing predictable public anger and protests for which they were unprepared.

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Tehran’s Woes Open Diplomatic Opportunities for Riyadh

Tehran's difficulties, including major unrest at home and in Iraq and Lebanon, could make the Islamic Republic more amenable to a real compromise with its Gulf Arab neighbors.

Can the Islamic Republic Survive Economic Collapse?

Under the weight of the United States' “maximum pressure” campaign, Iran is inching toward economic collapse. But this does not necessarily entail the collapse of the political order.

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