Iran

Diplomatic Impunity: Why the US Should Reach out to Iran

  • By
  • Tara Maller,
  • New America Foundation
August 3, 2013 |

Will A New Policy Help Iranian Citizens Lift the "Electronic Curtain"?

June 5, 2013

In the past, it’s been difficult for Iranian activists to access critical communications tools – but not because of the Iranian regime. Instead, it was due (at least in part) to confusing sanctions regulations which made it legally and politically risky for American companies to export their products. The good news: The U.S. government decided to do something about those convoluted regulations.

The New World

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Frank Jacobs
September 22, 2012 |

It has been just over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the last great additions to the world’s list of independent nations. As Russia’s satellite republics staggered onto the global stage, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was it: the end of history, the final major release of static energy in a system now moving very close to equilibrium. A few have joined the club since — Eritrea, East Timor, the former Yugoslavian states, among others — but by the beginning of the 21st century, the world map seemed pretty much complete.

News Roundup, June 22nd: Crackdowns in Iran, ISPs Discuss Data Retention, FCC Delays Verizon/T-Mobile Spectrum Deal

June 29, 2012
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The Sidebar: In the Trenches of Modern Warfare

June 15, 2012
Peter Bergen discusses the Obama Administration's covert drone war in Yemen, White House information leaks, and the president's kill list. Evgeny Morozov explores the peaceful side of cyber warfare and the American cyber attacks on Iran. Elizabeth Weingarten Hosts.

What the Hell Should We Do About Syria?

  • By
  • Randa Slim,
  • New America Foundation
May 31, 2012 |

The massacre in al-Houla, where Syrian military forces and allied militiamen massacred more than 100 civilians in cold blood, leaves no doubt about the intentions of President Bashar al-Assad's regime: survival at any cost and through any means. Assad does not have a Plan B.

The Sidebar: Two Global Conferences

May 24, 2012
The implications of two global summits, the NATO Conference in Chicago and the Iranian nuclear talks in Baghdad are explored this week as Jennifer Rowland and Tom Kutsch join host Elizabeth Weingarten.

October Surprise

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2012 |

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Turkey this weekend, attended by delegates from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany. Not much is likely to happen.

The big obstacle is this: The Iranians want a pocketful of nuclear weapons. Or, more to the point: The Iranians have always aspired to be the major power in their region. Several of the region’s powers—Israel, Pakistan, and India—have nukes, so Iran wants some too.

Iranian Presidents Threaten Khamenei At Their Own Peril

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
March 5, 2012 |

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former president Mohammad Khatami have little in common. Mr Ahmadinejad, a rabble-rousing populist hardliner, is a world apart from Mr Khatami, a mild-mannered reformist with a bent for philosophy and a distaste for confrontation.

They are unlikely to be found breaking bread together, but if they did, talk might turn to something they have in common: the Supreme Leader as their supreme nemesis.

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