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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 77
Bulletins - August 29, 2008

Waiting for the Mahdi; Band-aids over bleeding economic wounds; More nuclear movement in Tehran; Bad behavior in Iraq

A 'New' New World Order?
Articles - August 7, 2008

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at it again. In late July, Iran's firebrand president used a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran as the platform for a renewed call to arms in the Third World. In his remarks before the summit, Mr. Ahmadinejad blamed the West for everything from the spread of AIDS to nuclear proliferation, and called on the NAM countries to band together to create an alternative to the United Nations as a way of becoming "the pioneer of peace and justice in the world."

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 76
Bulletins - July 31, 2008

Ahmadinejad's new world order; The war on secular education; A new Egyptian-Iranian row; Bolstering the Basij; The high cost of the Internet

Europe Holds The Key To Iran
Articles - June 18, 2008

Officials in Europe are beginning to sound more and more like their American counterparts when it comes to Iran. In the wake of President Bush's trip to Europe, they even appear to be moving towards freezing the assets of Iran's largest bank as a way of signalling their resolve over Tehran's nuclear intransigence. In recent months, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned publicly that a nuclear Iran poses an "unacceptable risk for regional and world stability," and his government has taken the lead in calling for tougher international sanctions against the Islamic republic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made similar noises. "If Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, it would have disastrous consequences," Merkel told Israel's parliament, the Knesset, during her visit there in March. "We have to prevent this." In practice, however, Europeans are sending a very different signal. Indeed, recent days have seen the Old Continent deal a body blow to efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 74
Bulletins - May 29, 2008

Financial pressure, European style; Iran's Baha'i under fire; Securing Syria; Larijani rising

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 73
Bulletins - May 16, 2008
To export, or not to export?; Not so quiet on the economic front
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 72
Bulletins - April 23, 2008

Iran and al-Qaeda; the ties that bind; A helping hand for Palestinian militants; Rewriting history in Tehran; Iran's take on the news

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 71
Bulletins - April 14, 2008

More nuclear progress in Tehran...; ...and greater economic generosity abroad; A new phase in the war on media; Tehran's newest counterterrorism partner

Turf War
Articles - March 1, 2008

It has been nearly five years since President George W. Bush stood on the deck of the U.S.S Abraham Lincoln and announced the end of major combat operations in Iraq. During that time, the United States has gotten a first-hand education in the complex ideological and religious frictions that simmer below the surface in the Muslim world. And while the Bush administration’s “surge” has now helped the Coalition regain the initiative in the former Ba’athist state, it has become abundantly clear that if Washington and its allies hope to maintain—and, better yet, to expand—their influence in the region as a whole, they still have a great deal to learn about what makes its inhabitants tick.

Iran Strategy Brief No. 3: The Case For Economic Warfare
Policy Papers - January 30, 2008

What can the United States do about Iran? Today that question, fueled by growing international concern over the Islamic Republic’s persistent nuclear ambitions, has emerged at the forefront of the American strategic debate.

In this calculus, economic measures have received comparatively short shrift. This is because conventional wisdom has it that the United States possesses little leverage that it can bring to bear in order to deter and contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In this case, however, the conventional wisdom is wrong; the United States has a considerable number of economic tools at its disposal, despite its lack of trade relations with the Islamic Republic.