Tag Archive: Iran

An Unsanctioned Iran Is Scary—Nukes or Not

This article was published in full with the National Interest.   Click here to read the full article. — Anwar El Sadat’s historic 1977 trip to Jerusalem changed the political dynamics in the Middle East.… Continue reading

A Roadmap for Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

So what does all this China and USSR history say about the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West? The answer is below, and is the culmination of the previous three articles.  First,… Continue reading

What the USSR Teaches Us about Easing Iran Tensions

The year is 1991, mid-August.  The phone lines in Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev’s villa on the Black Sea are dead.  They’re coming.   Gorbachev gathers his family and warns them: “very dangerous events… Continue reading

What China Teaches Us about Easing Iran Tensions

Part II(a) of “Reconciliation with America: Iran, China, and USSR” — But what is the likelihood of an IRGC-led hardline coup?  The following section is an attempt to answer that question by looking… Continue reading

Pushing the Hardliners Too Hard

Part I of “Reconciliation with America: Iran, China, and USSR” — If Khamenei and Rouhani get closer to rapprochement with America, will the IRGC revolt? Abstract: Part I of this article provides the… Continue reading

That Smile: Rouhani Knows What He’s Doing

This article/interview was published six days after my piece below.  It is about the Iranian translator who has translated for all Iranian presidents since Rafsanjani, including Rouhani’s interview with CNN: http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/03/20790942-translator-for-iranian-presidents-gets-birds-eye-view-of-history — To Deny,… Continue reading

So Much for the Pivot to Asia – A Response to Obama’s 2013 Address to the UNGA

In November 2011, then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton published a piece in Foreign Policy Magazine outlining America’s “Pivot to Asia.”  Here is how it began: As the war in Iraq winds down and… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on the Islamic Republic of Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part VI

And here’s the final part: conclusions from my thesis on the Iranian Diaspora This quote was not included in my thesis, but it very clearly synthesizes my primary conclusion: “Western support of a… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on the Islamic Republic of Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part V

This is the fifth installment of my thesis, and it is the second of two research methods: historical tracing. — Tracing Iran’s Domestic Development Having discussed at length the Iranians outside of Iran,… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part IV

In this, the fourth portion of my thesis, you’ll find the first of my two primary research methods: Mapping the Iranian Diaspora. — Mapping the Iranian Diaspora Pre-1979 Prior to the Islamic Revolution… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part III

Here is the next portion from my thesis: The Research Design; Theoretical Framework and Methodology; and Hypotheses. — The Research Design When considering whether or not the Iranian Diaspora can impact the regime… Continue reading

FIGHTIN’ WORDS: America’s Rhetoric and Policies against Iran: Comparing the Bush and Obama Administrations

This was written under the supervision of Tally Helfont in the summer of 2010 at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  It was then published by the Journal of Undergraduate International Studies (University of… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part II

Here is the next chunk from my thesis: the Lit Review.  While there is a trove of information out there on immigration and individual countries’ responses to it, there is very little on… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part I

In the next series of posts, I’ll be sharing portions of my senior thesis in International Relations.  It would not have been possible without the support of my adviser, Dr. Anna Viden, as… Continue reading

Iran-Pakistan Relations

This is my term paper for Dr. Spooner’s NELC281: Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  This extended research work delves into the history of diplomatic and economic ties between two Islamic republics: Iran and Pakistan.… Continue reading

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