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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 156
Bulletins - April 24, 2015
 

 Israel in the crosshairs;

The IRGC and the nuclear deal;

Iran's new project: "Ground Zero"

After Lausanne, new overtures from Russia;

...and China

 
Iran Is Already Winning
Articles - April 21, 2015
 

As global talks over Iran's nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can't help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between, Iran's isolation is disappearing as governments and businesses prepare to exploit its return to global respectability. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 3
Bulletins - April 20, 2015
 

Targeting the Islamic State's antiquities trade;
Boko Haram's youngest victims;
The Islamic state's Ba'athist roots;
The Islam state and Russia

 

 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 336
Bulletins - April 15, 2015
 

Erdogan visits Iran;

Amid Yemen crisis, Egypt vows to protect Arab gulf;
Iraqi Kurds to cooperate with Baghdad on combating ISIS;
New domestic security law for Turkey
 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 155
Bulletins - April 13, 2015
 

 

Iran, P5+1 strike tentative nuclear deal...;
...but is there a meeting of the minds?;
Hedging on verification in Tehran;
Mixed reaction in the Middle East;

 

 
Obama's Ill-Advised Gamble
Articles - April 7, 2015
 

Of the new framework accord with Iran over its nuclear program, President Barack Obama said he hopes "that we can conclude this diplomatic arrangement - and that it ushers a new era in U.S.-Iranian relations - and, just as importantly, over time, a new era in Iranian relations with its neighbors." 

 
Iran Is to Blame for the Palestinians' Plight
Articles - March 31, 2015
 

If you go by President Barack Obama's rhetoric, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has single-handedly sunk the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The United States has been forced to "re-assess our options," the commander in chief has said, including supporting Israel at the United Nations, on the basis of Netanyahu's election-eve statement opposing a two-state solution.

 
Netanyahu's Win
Articles - March 21, 2015
 

The Israeli electorate has spoken. After a bitterly acrimonious political campaign, and an election on March 17th that saw the highest voter turnout (72.3 percent) in recent memory, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has received a reinvigorated mandate to govern. 

 
Netanyahu's Win
Articles - March 21, 2015
 

The Israeli electorate has spoken. After a bitterly acrimonious political campaign, and an election on March 17th that saw the highest voter turnout (72.3 percent) in recent memory, Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has received a reinvigorated mandate to govern. 

 
Congress Must Derail Obama’s Iran Debacle
Articles - March 18, 2015
 

You wouldn't know it from the mainstream media, but President Obama has an Iran problem. His administration has wagered - and wagered big - on the idea of a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. But the effort is increasingly unpopular, and a hard sell among the American electorate. 

 
Relax about Republicans' letter to Iran
Articles - March 11, 2015
 

A firestorm erupted Tuesday over the letter by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. and 46 other Senators to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, laying out their view of the ongoing negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear program. Critics of the letter started throwing around words like unprecedented, illegal, even treasonous.

 
Nuclear Musings
Articles - March 10, 2015
 

From today's diary entry of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: 

Ah, the Americans. When it comes to our nuclear weapons program, they leave us with only good choices! 

On the one hand, I can drag out the talks beyond this month's latest deadline because the desperate Americans certainly will agree to keep talking. That's how we went from the six-month interim deal in November 2013, through a deadline in July 2014, and then through another deadline in November 2014. 

 
Don't Ignore Iran Dangers
Articles - February 27, 2015
 

Desperately pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, scrapping old positions and offering new concessions at a mind-boggling pace, the Obama administration has lost sight of what this regime represents and why the United States and its allies have focused on its nuclear program to begin with. 

 
What Americans Really Think About Iran's Nukes
Articles - February 26, 2015
 

To hear the White House tell it, our nagging Iranian problem might soon be a thing of the past. As the March deadline for nuclear negotiations nears, administration officials and sympathetic onlookers have become increasingly optimistic about an impending breakthrough with the Islamic Republic over its atomic ambitions.

 
Obama's religious blindness aids Islamic State
Articles - February 19, 2015
 

Attempts to avoid touching on religious dimension of the struggle has led to several recent high-profile administration gaffes. President Obama strangely tried to deflect the issue at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5 by mentioning the Crusades as an example of Christian excess. Unfortunately, that example is also a key jihadist talking point.

 
Iran's Nuclear Weapons Fatwa Is a Myth
Articles - February 18, 2015
 

President Barack Obama said a nuclear deal with Iran is possible if Tehran truly considers nuclear weapons un-Islamic. But is this true? And does it matter?

 
The Only Thing Scarier Than Iran's Nukes
Articles - February 12, 2015
 

Denying Iran nuclear-weapons capability is not only a means of limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It is also part of a broader ideological struggle that Tehran is taking much more seriously than is the United States.

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 154
Bulletins - February 5, 2015
 

A helping hand against the Islamic state...;
...as Tehran draws a red line;
More fence-mending between Hamas, Iran;
Targeting the green movement, still;
The high price of journalism in Iran

 

 

 
The State Of The Union Is Great For Iran
Articles - January 21, 2015
 

The state of the union is great if you happen to be Iran. 

On Tuesday, during the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama discussed his view of the continuing controversy over Iran's nuclear program. "Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran," he said, "where, for the first time in a decade, we've halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material." 

 
Congress Should Act Against The Islamic State Group
Articles - January 6, 2015
 

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress may be to consider a resolution authorizing the use of force resolution in Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led combined joint mission against the Islamic State group. Such a move would be long overdue.