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Hezbollah Enters the Syrian Fray

Hezbollah Enters the Syrian Fray

On Monday Arab governments in the Persian Gulf pledged to put sanctions on the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. The militia-cum-political party’s foray into neighboring Syria, in an attempt to protect the regime of Bashar al-Assad, has elicited widespread …

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After the Revolts: Arab-West Relations (Part 2/2)

After the Revolts: Arab-West Relations (Part 2/2)

By Manuel Langendorf & Abul-Hasanat Siddique
After decades of secular dictatorships, how will a new Middle East and North Africa alter centuries-old Arab-Western relations? This is the last of a two part series. Read part one

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Ten Pictures About the Civil War in Syria, Bleeding Into Lebanon

Ten Pictures About the Civil War in Syria, Bleeding Into Lebanon


The civil war in Syria could soon turn to favor the Assad regime’s unyielding hold on power. The minority Shia-Alawite regime has recaptured the strategically important city of Qusair, until now held by …

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After the Revolts: Arab-West Relations (Part 1/2)

After the Revolts: Arab-West Relations (Part 1/2)

By Manuel Langendorf and Abul-Hasanat Siddique
After decades of secular dictatorships, how will a new Middle East and North Africa alter centuries-old Arab-Western relations? This is the first of a two part series.
Since December 2010, the Arab revolts have shaken an entire region. Uprisings, initiated by youth activists, have undoubtedly changed …

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A Candid Discussion with Jamshid Barzegar

A Candid Discussion with Jamshid Barzegar

Jamshid Barzegar on the Authenticity of Iranian Elections

Jamshid Barzegar is a Senior Iran Analyst and Editor at the BBC Persian Service. He was previously head of BBC Persian Radio and Online Service as well as Editor-in-Chief of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s …

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A Candid Discussion with Reza Taghizadeh

A Candid Discussion with Reza Taghizadeh

Reza Taghizadeh on Iran’s Energy Policy in Disarray 

Reza Taghizadeh is a senior Iran analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, covering Iranian geopolitical affairs and energy policy. Dr. Taghizadeh’s expertise is sought by major news organizations and foreign governments on Iran’s …

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The Obama Administration’s Push for Arab-Israeli Peace, 2.0

The Obama Administration’s Push for Arab-Israeli Peace, 2.0

Credit: Jim Young/AP, Pool
Much attention has been paid to United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories. As Kerry shuttled back and forth between officials on both the Arab and Israeli sides, reporters have scrambled to provide details about the meetings. Yet the …

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Turkey Protests Rock Erdogan’s Government

Turkey Protests Rock Erdogan’s Government


Dear Readers,
You’ve probably heard of or seen the massive protests in Turkey. Started out as a small protest in a public park called Gezi Parki located in Taksim district, the protests have reportedly spread to at least 15 Turkish cities. Ankara …

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Ahmadinejad and Khamenei: End of a Love Story?

Ahmadinejad and Khamenei: End of a Love Story?

 
The rise of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a telling story of how the Islamic Republic under the leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei operates. Ahmadinejad has been mistakenly perceived as the man of …

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A Candid Discussion with Mehrzad Boroujerdi

A Candid Discussion with Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad Boroujerdi on Iran’s Fractured Politics 

Mehrzad Boroujerdi is the President of the International Society for Iranian Studies and Director of the

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A Candid Discussion with Eric Trager

A Candid Discussion with Eric Trager

Eric Trager on the Muslim Brotherhood’s view 
of Iran and Iran’s foreign policy

Eric Trager is the Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is an …

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Beyond the Amended Arab Peace Initiative

Beyond the Amended Arab Peace Initiative

Credit: Ali Yenidunya/enduringamerica.com
Although the Arab-Israeli peace process has been and continues to lie in a coma, a few weeks ago a notable attempt was made to jolt it back to life. On April 29th, Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar, representing the Arab League, publicly

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Warnings

Warnings

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu flew to Russia in an attempt to dissuade Putin from selling Syria the S-300, a long range surface-to-air missile system.
While Netanyahu was en route, Moscow leaked that the missiles had already been delivered. During a …

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Will Post-Ahmadinejad Iran change its foreign policy?

Will Post-Ahmadinejad Iran change its foreign policy?

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s eleventh presidential election will take place on June 14, 2013. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s time in office will end soon afterwards, but he will always be remembered for his outrageous comments including his denial of the Holocaust

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Selling Organs in Iran

Selling Organs in Iran

Iran’s legal system is consistently under scrutiny from outsiders who view many of the Islamic Republic’s laws restrictive and unnecessary. With its extensive censorship, women’s rights and security issues, Iran’s liberal stance on other controversial matters is thought provoking. Iran is the only country in the world where it is …

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Senior Blogger

Reza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi

Reza Akhlaghi is a Senior Blogger and Editor at the FPA Blogs. He is also a political risk consultant. Reza produces FPA's 'Candid Discussions'; 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 the University of Calgary in Alberta; and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Reza is fluent in Persian, Turkish, and English, and has working knowledge of Korean. His personal website is: www.foreignpolicyconcepts.com

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