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Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Candid Discussions: “Nostalgia Teetering on the Edge of Melancholy”

Lukas Birk is the author of Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom: Old and New World Visions of China, a book released in January 2014 that compiles images he took from diverse parts of contemporary China, using his father’s expired Polaroid films.

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Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Candid Discussions: Touraj Daryaee on Ancient Iranian Empires’ Approach to Foreign Affairs

Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the Associate Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. A leading Iranologist, Dr. Daryaee is the editor of the Name-ye …

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Candid Discussions: Ian Bremmer on a Disengaged U.S. Foreign Policy

Candid Discussions: Ian Bremmer on a Disengaged U.S. Foreign Policy

In a wide-ranging discussion with Reza Akhlaghi of the Foreign Policy Association, Dr. Ian Bremmer discusses what he considers to be a disengaged foreign policy by the United States. On April 10, 2014 Dr. Bremmer will be speaking at the Foreign Policy Association on the world’s biggest political …

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Earth Hour: Celebrating Darkness Sends the Wrong Message

Earth Hour: Celebrating Darkness Sends the Wrong Message

On the evening of Saturday, March 29, people around the world are being asked by campaigners to switch off the lights for an hour to celebrate “Earth Hour”. The question is whether this helps the climate and the challenges it faces around the world.
“Global warming is a real problem, but …

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A Candid Discussion with Gareth Porter

A Candid Discussion with Gareth Porter

Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold History of the Iranian Nuclear Scare, is a renowned investigative journalist and historian on U.S. national security policy. Porter was the 2012 winner of the Gellhorn Prize for journalism awarded by the Gellhorn Trust in the U.K.  His previous book …

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Russia’s Incursion into Ukraine

Russia’s Incursion into Ukraine

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Ian Bremmer is President of Eurasia Group, the world’s leading global political risk research and consulting firm. Dr. Bremmer is also Global Research Professor at the New York University (NYU) and author, most recently, of Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World.

by Ian Bremmer
As Russia …

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A Candid Discussion with Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin on Suicide Terrorism

A Candid Discussion with Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin on Suicide Terrorism

Throughout the Middle East, many Muslims and non-Muslims have fallen victim to suicide bombings. In fact, more Muslims have been killed in suicide bombings in the region than Jews and Christians. This extreme form of violence has been the subject of many studies. Researchers have been baffled as to why …

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The Mykonos Case: U.S. Federal Bar to Present Historic Awards to German Colleagues

The Mykonos Case: U.S. Federal Bar to Present Historic Awards to German Colleagues

In 1997, after trial proceedings lasting over three years, Berlin’s High Criminal Court convicted four individuals of murdering Iranian dissidents in a Berlin restaurant—and more significantly—explicitly found the murders were ordered at the highest levels of government in Tehran. The historic judgment culminated in an unprecedented diplomatic shift between Iran …

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The Iranian Revolution at 35: A Candid Discussion with James Buchan

The Iranian Revolution at 35: A Candid Discussion with James Buchan

February 11 marks the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, a jolting socio-political and geopolitical event that transformed the dynamics of the Middle East, energy security, and global diplomacy. Iran, at the time a key regional ally of the U.S. and the West, became a virulently anti-U.S. and …

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The Reductio ad Absurdum of Iran Containment

The Reductio ad Absurdum of Iran Containment

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The following is a contributing piece by Jahandad Memarian. Mr. Memarian is a senior research fellow at Nonviolence International and a contributor to Al-Monitor and the Huffington Post, He holds an M.A. in Western Philosophy from the University of Tehran and was previously an Iranian Fulbright scholar at the …

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The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

The War Bill and the Doomsday Clock

Hugh Gusterson is a professor of anthropology and sociology at George Mason University who’s also a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He recently wrote that efforts by the Obama Administration to reach a deal with the Rouhani Administration in Iran and bring the …

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A Candid Discussion with Kamran Bokhari of Stratfor

A Candid Discussion with Kamran Bokhari of Stratfor

Kamran Bokhari is Vice President of Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs at Stratfor, a leading geopolitical and intelligence consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Bokhari is a distinguished scholar and expert in Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. He has given briefings to the U.S. …

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Shake-up in Iran’s Nuclear Negotiating Team

Shake-up in Iran’s Nuclear Negotiating Team

 
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The following piece was first published in Middle East Briefing (ISSUE 9 VOL 1 Jan 13th 2014), a weekly publication of Orient Advisory Group, a research and risk assessment firm based in both Washington DC and Dubai UAE.
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Quiet changes have already been made in the …

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Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

Foreign Affairs Magazine Presents the Global Economy’s “Up-and-Coming Markets”

The January-February issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, which is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), presents a special package on the new “Up-and-Coming Markets” in the global economy. The six markets featured in this special issue are Mexico, South Kroea, Poland, Turkey, Philippines, and the Mekong region. The …

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Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

Iran’s Citizens’ Rights Charter and its Religious Minorities

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Kaveh Shahrooz is a Toronto-based lawyer. He was formerly a Senior Policy Advisor with Canada`s Department of Foreign Affairs, where he advised the government on Canada’s role at the UN Human Rights Council. As a lawyer Mr. Shahrooz practiced at a leading international law firm in New York …

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About the Author

Reza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi

Born in Tehran Iran and based in Toronto, Canada, Reza Akhlaghi is a Senior Blogger and Editor at the FPA Blogs. Reza also produces FPA's 'Candid Discussion Series'; interviews with influential policy makers, writers, and media personalities in the field of foreign policy and international security.

Reza holds a Double Major BA Honors in English Literature and Communication Studies from York University in Toronto; an MA degree in Communication Studies from University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.

Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean.
Follow Reza on Twitter: @RezaAkhlaghi

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