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Syrian American Council Urges a Crackdown on Assad’s Regime

Syrian American Council Urges a Crackdown on Assad’s Regime

  Since the reign of terror from President Bashar-al Assad’s regime began the UN estimates that over 9,000 innocent Syrian civilians have died at his hands. The local coordination committees estimate that the number of those killed is upwards of 11,000 in addition to those who are injured or incarcerated. Syria has accepted a peace plan from […]

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A Candid Discussion with Lloyd J. Dumas

A Candid Discussion with Lloyd J. Dumas

Dr. Lloyd Jeff Dumas is a Professor of Political Economy, Economics, and Public Policy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the UT-Dallas. Dr. Dumas sat down with Reza Akhlaghi, Senior Writer at FPA, to discuss his new book, “The Peacekeeping Economy: Using Economic Relationships to Build a More Peaceful, Prosperous, and Secure […]

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Tehran’s Damascus Axis

Tehran’s Damascus Axis

Guest Contribution by Sheherezade Faramarzi Ms. Sheherezade Faramarzi is a Middle East-based journalist and analyst who has covered the region since 1978. The following piece was originally published in Al-Ahram Weekly Online. With Permission from Al-Ahram Weekly Online. “The end of Al-Assad’s regime will end Iran’s regional influence, so one can expect Tehran to play a full hand […]

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Top Former Military and Intelligence Officials Against “A War of Choice” with Iran

A full-page ad in today’s Washington Post featuring former top U.S. military and intelligence officials urging President Obama to resist the pressure for a war of choice with Iran. The ad, sponsored by National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), comes on the same day that President Obama is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at […]

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In-depth Discussion of Iran’s Power Structure at Carnegie Endowment

In-depth Discussion of Iran’s Power Structure at Carnegie Endowment

The following session was held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Friday February 24. http://carnegieendowment.org/2012/02/24/battle-for-power-in-iran/9ojx Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Associate Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he also serves as the Founding Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program and Founding Co-Director of the Religion, […]

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A Candid Discussion with John R. Bradley

A Candid Discussion with John R. Bradley

From John R. Bradley, the Middle East correspondent and writer who correctly predicted the Egyptian revolution, comes a new message about the Arab Spring: “everything we have been told about it is wrong”. John R. Bradley sat down with Reza Akhlaghi of Foreign Policy Association to discuss his latest book: ‘After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the […]

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In Attacking the City of Homs, Syrian Forces Use World’s Largest Mortar

The following animation is from Next Media Animation’s News Direct service, whose re-enactments are based on news media reports.

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Iran’s Crackdown on Dissent Escalates in Run Up to March 2 Elections

Iran’s Crackdown on Dissent Escalates in Run Up to March 2 Elections

The following is an announcement by Amnesty International. (New York) – Iran has unleashed a wave of repression in the lead up to parliamentary elections this week, Amnesty International reports today, targeting everyone from students, lawyers, religious leaders and bloggers to political activists and their relatives. The authorities have launched a new “cyber army” and […]

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Harvard Hosts Forum on Islam and the West

Harvard Hosts Forum on Islam and the West

  Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation and Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Vice-Chair woman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, hosted an historic gathering of leading scholars on Islam and the West at The Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University, Wednesday, February 8th, 2012. The […]

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In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid

In Memoriam: Anthony Shadid

On behalf of all Middle East writers at Foreign Policy Association, I am writing to extend our heart-felt condolences on the passing of Anthony Shadid, a true Middle East expert and a great source of inspiration for many of us here at FPA Blogs. As we mourn Anthony’s loss, we hope his legacy will remain […]

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A Candid Discussion with Houchang Hassan-Yari

A Candid Discussion with Houchang Hassan-Yari

With sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran gaining greater momentum and the impact of the closure of the Strait of Hormuz by Iran looming large in the global economy, a key question remains whether or not the Islamic Republic will ink a deal to extricate itself from increasingly biting sanctions and ensure its survival, […]

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A Tale of Two Diasporas

A Tale of Two Diasporas

Guest Contribution by Reza Marashi The following piece was written by Reza Marashi in Foreign Policy Magazine on January 19, 2012. Mr. Marashi is Director of Research at National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and a former Iran Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.  The image in this piece, however, is a choice of […]

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Golden Globes: ‘A Separation’ from Iran Wins Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globes: ‘A Separation’ from Iran Wins Best Foreign Language Film

                                    Asghar Farhadi’s thrilling drama from Iran won the best foreign language film at the 69th Golden Globes on Sunday. In accepting the award, Mr. Asghar Farhadi, the director of the movie, dedicated the award to the people […]

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Are Egypt’s Islamic Parties Planning to Nullify the Peace Treaty with Israel?

Are Egypt’s Islamic Parties Planning to Nullify the Peace Treaty with Israel?

Guest Contribution by Jonathan D. Halevi The following piece was originally published by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The author, Jonathan D. Halevi, is a senior researcher of the Middle East and Radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs headed by former Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Dore Gold. Mr. Halevi is also director […]

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Year in Review—Middle East

Irrespective of one’s ideological affiliations, 2011 was an inconvenient year for the Middle East, to put it mildly. The speed at which Arab Spring brought about change has been baffling to most of us and inevitably prepared us for more drastic changes to come. Now let’s take a look at the most significant changes that […]

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