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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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The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

Starting with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s signing of 15 international conventions, the dramatic events over the past week indicate that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have reached yet another impasse.
Several officials on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior staff and inside the White House believe “it’s time …

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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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Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Rights American and other Western women enjoy are still hopes for women throughout the world. While Western women undoubtedly still struggle for things like job and pay equality, the ability to acquire an education and work are fundamental rights that, among others, are liberties women throughout the world do not …

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Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

On Wednesday, Mar. 26, United States Secretary of State John Kerry cut his trip to Italy short to fly to Amman in hopes of keeping the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on track.
Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah before a long dinner with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. On the three-hour flight …

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Defining Sexism in the Middle East, Latin America and Everywhere Else

Defining Sexism in the Middle East, Latin America and Everywhere Else

One famous singing icon who has a particularly strong following in Latin America and the Middle East due to her cultural connections to both regions is Shakira. Recently, a debate arose worldwide over her boyfriend, famous footballer Gerald Pique “forbidding” Shakira from doing sensual music videos with …

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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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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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Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt

Where the ‘Ikhwan’ goes, so shall Egypt


There are many—both in the East and the West—who have been confidently betting on the overt plan to marginalize, and, in due course, eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) as a sociopolitical movement. In light of the on-going vicious Ikhwanophobia and emboldened brutality of the coup regime, …

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A Year-End Discussion with Janice Stein

A Year-End Discussion with Janice Stein

Dr. Janice Gross Stein is the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the Royal Society of …

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Saudi Foreign Policy Rendered Redundant

Saudi Foreign Policy Rendered Redundant

Nobody doubts that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is an important country in the world.  Various observers cite different reasons, approvingly and disapprovingly. First of all, as a major producer of oil, the Kingdom has accumulated a considerable wealth that has provided decent essential services for its citizens at …

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Saudi Arabia’s Undocumented Workers Repatriated

Saudi Arabia’s Undocumented Workers Repatriated

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has employed thousands of foreign workers in many of its sectors and continues to do so as long as they enter the country and obtain work legally and according to the regulations. However, over the years more and more illegal expatriates cross the borders of …

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Human Rights Are Not Negotiable

Human Rights Are Not Negotiable


 
Show your support on Twitter and Facebook by reposting and retweeting United for Iran’s messages on Monday, November 18th and Tuesday the 19th. Use the hashtag #IranVote.
As the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee prepares to vote on the resolution on the promotion …

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The Condition of Syria’s Refugees

The Condition of Syria’s Refugees

The Syrian conflict has presented itself as a complex situation that has resulted in countless amounts of analysis and news articles dedicated to the political and security aspects of the crisis. Although these writings are indispensable for the ability to understand what is taking place, there hasn’t been enough attention …

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Building an Empire on Property Seizures

Building an Empire on Property Seizures

A new Reuters investigation details a key to Iran’s supreme leader’s power: a little-known organization created to help the poor that morphed into a business juggernaut worth tens of billions of dollars. “Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam” – Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam, or Setad – has …

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