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April, 2017

  • 19 April

    Rouhani Likely to Survive Election Shake-Up

    Mehdi Khalaji (The Washington Institute) On April 12, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad surprised observers by announcing he would run in the upcoming presidential election, despite his own former statement to the contrary and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s opposition to such a move. Having gradually lost the support of hardliners, the former Iranian president …

  • 19 April

    Trump Mulls Squeezing Iran With Tougher Sanctions

    Dan De Luce (Foreign Policy) The Trump White House is poised to ratchet up existing sanctions against Iran and is weighing a much stricter interpretation of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and major world powers. The administration is inclined to adopt a “more rigorous application of the tools at its disposal,” …

  • 17 April

    Why is Ahmadinejad Running for President of Iran, Again?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the firebrand former Iranian president, stunned observers last week by submitting his name as a candidate in his country’s presidential elections next month, over the objections of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ahmadinejad, who served as president from 2005 to 2013, is a hardliner, notorious for questioning the …

  • 17 April


    The mysterious case of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman facing federal charges in New York, has grown even stranger over the past couple of weeks. Zarrab, who is thirty-three, was arrested by F.B.I. agents, in Miami, last March. At the time, he was one of the flashiest and wealthiest businessmen …

  • 15 April

    Rouhani says Iran needs “no one’s permission” to build missiles

    Iran will ask “no one’s permission” to build up its missile capability, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, in what appeared to be a defiant response to U.S. efforts to hamper the Iranian military. Facing an election in May where he hopes to secure a second four-year term, Rouhani has …

  • 14 April

    Iranian President Rouhani to seek second term, faces hardline challenge

    By Parisa Hafezi | Reuters Iranian President Hassan Rouhani registered on Friday to run for a second four-year term, state television said, buoyed by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers though facing a hardline conservative challenge over his economic record. “Once again, I am here for Iran, for Islam, for …

  • 13 April

    U.S. sanctions brother of Iran’s Quds force commander

    The United States on Thursday sanctioned Sohrab Soleimani, the brother of the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, for his role in abuses in Iranian prisons. The action freezes any assets Soleimani might have in the United States and bars U.S. citizens from conducting transactions with him. Soleimani is the “supervisor …

  • 13 April

    Iran Is Still Using Pseudo-Civilian Airlines to Resupply Assad

    Farzin Nadimi (The Washington Institute) While some international sanctions against Iranian civil aviation have been lifted, Tehran’s insistence on using Mahan Air and other companies to send personnel and weapons to Syria may jeopardize the industry’s future. As the aviation community and international media fixate on recent Boeing and Airbus orders …

  • 13 April

    Boeing Trying to Sell Planes to Leading Official of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

    Adam Kredo (Free Beacon) U.S airline manufacturer Boeing is coming under renewed criticism following disclosures that its latest deal with Iran is being inked with a senior regime official and leading member of the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has sponsored terrorism across the Middle East and is responsible for helping …

  • 13 April

    He’s back! Ahmadinejad (re)enters the electoral fray

    Suzanne Maloney (Brookings) The original president-cum-provocateur, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, today added a new layer of drama to next month’s election for the Iranian presidency when he registered as a candidate for the race. His announcement briefly overshadowed the emergence of a more consequential candidate, cleric Ibrahim Raisi, who has become something …