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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 84
Bulletins - December 17, 2008

(Attempted) dialogue of the deaf; Khamenei does strategic communication; The majles, marching toward irrelevance; Dwindling dreams of energy independence

The Persian Night
Articles - December 7, 2008

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has three phobias," according to Iranian expatriate journalist Amir Taheri. "Women, Jews and America." Forget bombs. Maybe we should send in Barbra Streisand.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 83
Bulletins - December 5, 2008

An Internet offensive; Iran's new naval base; If you can't beat them, join them; Iran's inexorable march toward the bomb

Iran's Economic Dire Straits
Articles - November 19, 2008

What should the next administration do about Iran? During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama advocated the need for direct negotiations as a way of addressing the Iranian regime's persistent nuclear ambitions. And since his electoral victory, the president-elect has given every indication that he intends to initiate a diplomatic dialogue with Tehran after he assumes office on Jan. 20.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 82
Bulletins - November 7, 2008

Iranian coalition-building; Israel thinks the unthinkable; Hard times for Ahmadinejad; An Indo-Iranian divorce?

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 81
Bulletins - October 23, 2008
Holding The Line On Iran
Articles - October 15, 2008

 These must be heady days for Iran’s ayatollahs. Just a year ago, American efforts to contain and isolate the Islamic Republic seemed to be gathering steam. A third UN Security Council resolution censuring Iran for its nuclear advances was on the horizon, and the Bush administration could claim headway on the creation of a regional coalition of Sunni Arab states to counteract Iran’s growing clout. Today, however, things are very different. Western efforts to control and contain the Islamic Republic have clearly faltered, while Iran’s march toward the bomb gives every indication of having accelerated.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 80
Bulletins - October 15, 2008

 Iran's preconditions for dialogue; Wooing Sistani; Fiscal fixes, and their discontents; Ahmadinejad's challengers begin to emerge

How To Think About The Iranian Bomb
Articles - October 13, 2008

When he takes office on January 20th, 2009, the next President of the United States will have to contend with a range of pressing issues, from a global economic slowdown to soaring energy prices and a domestic housing market in crisis. On the foreign policy front, however, none will be as urgent as dealing with the persistent nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How the United States responds to Iran’s atomic drive will, to a large extent, dictate the shape of American strategy toward the greater Middle East for the foreseeable future. 

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 79
Bulletins - October 3, 2008

 An economic house of cards; A digital window of opportunity; Back to Iraq