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Israel, Palestine, and Justice

Israel, Palestine, and Justice

Amidst all the news reports and speculation about a renewed push for a two-state solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, many have been very vocal about why the two-state solution is simply not the right way to end the conflict. These critics lament that the two-state solution is a crying …

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Iran Has a New President: Key Priorities, Managing Expectations

Iran Has a New President: Key Priorities, Managing Expectations

Hassan Rohani, the 65-year-old Western educated cleric and a former chief nuclear negotiator, is the seventh President of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979. Iran’s state-run television reported that Mr. Rohani won over 50 percent of the electoral vote. Mr. Rohani ran on a platform of moderation, mending ties with the …

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Seven Pictures About Syria: Casualties, Interventions and Questions

Seven Pictures About Syria: Casualties, Interventions and Questions


Two years on nearly 93,000 people are dead in Syria, victims of the civil war there, victims of the Assad regime’s devastating military action against the Syrian …

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Canada Recognizes Iran’s 1988 Massacre as Crime against Humanity

Canada Recognizes Iran’s 1988 Massacre as Crime against Humanity

 
The summer of 1988 has a special significance in Iran’s tortured history under the Islamic Republic. It marked the height of Iran’s weakened military status in the waning days of its war with Iraq. Iran was also weakened financially, having its coffers dried up as a result of a war …

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The Diaspora’s Role in Iran’s Struggle for Democracy

The Diaspora’s Role in Iran’s Struggle for Democracy

 
Blogger’s Note: 
The following is a co-authorship piece by Soushiant Zangenehpour and Alireza Ahmadian.
The 2009 (S)election Shock: What Happened?
Nearly four years ago today, the world witnessed an orchestrated mass deception called “election” unfold over the course of a few hours in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Some of us in Vancouver, …

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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 the rebel Free Syrian Army. …

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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 Persian service …

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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 foreign and …

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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 and Izmir saw massive crowds gathering …

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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 the people. The ascendancy of the …

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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 Middle Eastern Studies Program …

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Reza Akhlaghi
Reza Akhlaghi

For close to seven years, Reza Akhlaghi was a Senior Blogger and Editor at the FPA Blogs. Reza produced 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. He tweets from @RezaAkhlaghi

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