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90 Senators: Sanction Iran's Central Bank

August 11, 2011
Dear Mr. President:         Following the latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuclear program and recent Iranian missile tests, we remain seriously concerned that Iran continues to accelerate its uranium enrichment and ballistic missile programs. Meanwhile, the regime…

Iran’s Ties to the Taliban

August 10, 2011
Mohsen Milani What is the status of Iran's relations with the Taliban today? Have there been significant changes since 2001?The Islamic Republic of Iran has no official relation with the Taliban. Nor do the Taliban have an office or a representative in Tehran, as do many non-state actors,…

Part II: Iran’s Controversial Textbooks

August 9, 2011
Interview with Shervin Malekzadeh      Shervin Malekzadeh recently received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. His dissertation, based on nearly two years of research in Iran, deals with the politics of education in Iran and the ways in which efforts to produce the New Islamic…

Part I: Iran's Education Overhaul

August 8, 2011
Interview with Shervin Malekzadeh        Shervin Malekzadeh recently received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University. His dissertation, based on nearly two years of research in Iran, deals with the politics of education in Iran and the ways in which efforts to produce the New…

Analysis of Iran-al Qaeda “Secret Deal”

July 28, 2011
Patrick Clawson The Treasury department sanctioned a prominent Iran-based al Qaeda facilitator and five other members of his network. How important is this new development?The Treasury Department is effectively accusing Iran of being an important link in al Qaeda’s financing and recruitment…

U.S. Charges Iran has “Secret Deal” with al Qaeda

July 28, 2011
       The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of six members of an al-Qa’ida network headed by Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, a prominent Iran-based al-Qa’ida facilitator, operating under an agreement between al-Qa’ida and the Iranian government. Today’s action, taken…

Arab Attitudes Toward Iran, 2011

July 28, 2011
       2011 poll conducted by the Arab American Institute found that Iran’s popularity among the five Arab countries surveyed—Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—has declined in recent years. The United States ranked the lowest among the six, except in Saudi…

Russia’s New Diplomatic Idea for Iran

July 26, 2011
Mark N. Katz  During a visit to the United States in mid-July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov presented the Obama administration with a plan for "step by step" nuclear talks with Iran. What is new about the Russian initiative?Foreign Minister SergeiLavrov’s “step by step” approach to…

U.S. and Iranian Strategic Competition

July 26, 2011
       The CSIS Burke Chair compiled a series of chronological reports with the assistance of Adam Seitz of the Marine Corps University on Iranian perceptions of national security and competition with the United States. The following is an excerpt with a link to the full report at the end…

List of Executions in the Islamic Republic

July 18, 2011
         The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center recently released a report charting executions by the Islamic Republic of Iran since December 2010. The report is based on information from official and semi-official sources as well as other reports; links to the sources are included…

Subsidies: New IMF Report

July 15, 2011
        The International Monetary Fund released a report today on Iran’s subsidy reform. The final section addresses the challenges ahead. A link to the full report is at the bottom:         The successful implementation of the drastic price increases has created a unique opportunity for Iran…

Iran’s Nuclear Moves Point to Increased Tensions

July 13, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker      The conflict over Iran’s nuclear program appears to be getting worse.  In June, Iran decided to relocate 20 percent enrichment at its fortified Fordow enrichment plant near Qom and install advanced centrifuges that would triple its enrichment output. …

New Green Movement Manifesto

July 12, 2011
Geneive Abdo: The following text was given to insideIRAN.org by a group of intellectuals who are leaders in the Green Movement in Tehran. They are also the authors of this manifesto.We, dozens of groups of Green activists in Iran, have decided to offer several recommendations for the reform and…

Controversy Flares over Iran Arms to Iraq

July 12, 2011
Semira N. Nikou      Tensions are deepening between Washington and Tehran over new claims about Iranian military aid to Iraqi militias. The Obama administration charges that the Iranian arms have been increasingly used in attacks against U.S. troops. The U.S. holds the radical militias responsible…

Ahmadinejad vs. the Revolutionary Guards

July 11, 2011
Alireza Nader        President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in hot water these days. His challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which began after he fired the minister of intelligence in April, has provoked the deepening wrath of Iran’s political and military elite. There is even…

New Visa Restrictions for Human Rights Abuses

July 8, 2011
The following is a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:        I am very pleased to announce a big step forward in the Obama Administration’s support of the Iranian people.         Under our old visa policy, Iranian students and exchange visitors were eligible for visas that lasted…

U.S. on Iran’s Persecution of Religious Minorities

July 7, 2011
           State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland issued the following statement on persecution of religious minorities in Iran on July 6, 2011:            We are dismayed over reports that the Iranian courts are requiring Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his Christian faith or…

A Case for U.S.-Iran Diplomacy

July 5, 2011
Interview with Roberto ToscanoSemira N. Nikou   Roberto Toscano served as Italy’s ambassador to Iran between 2003 and 2008.   Along with five former European ambassadors to Iran, you wrote an open letter in June 2011 encouraging the United States and the European Union to engage Iran on its…

U.S. Names Iranians Aiding Syria

June 30, 2011
         On June 29, 2011, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned Iranian security forces for involvement in the Syrian crackdown:              The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of one of the four major branches of Syria’s security forces, the Syrian Political Security…

U.S. Human Trafficking Report

June 29, 2011
        The State Department has released its 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report. Countries are divided into three categories—Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3—based on each government’s efforts to fulfill the minimum standards of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The following is the section…

New Report on Rape in Iranian Prisons

June 29, 2011
        The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) published the following report on June 10, 2011. The report documents the cases of five former prisoners – two women and three men. They span the almost 30 years of the Islamic Republic’s existence. Four witnesses were raped; one was…

Iran’s Women Two Years after the Uprising

June 28, 2011
Interview with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh Semira N. Nikou        Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, a women’s rights activist, is a founding member of the Stop Stoning to Death Campaign and the Iranian Women’s Charter. She was director of Entesharat-e Banoo (Banoo Publications) and Entesharat-e…

New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Air and Others

June 23, 2011
       The following is a joint statement by Department of State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on new Iran sanctions. A fact sheet detailing the new sanctions is below.       Today, the United States imposed sanctions on Tidewater…

Iran’s New Economic Slump

June 21, 2011
Kevan Harris            Iran’s biggest economic problem is the growing production slump at its factories and workshops. For both workers and the business elite, Iran's domestic industrial troubles are far more pressing--and generating far more public anxiety--than international…

U.S. Imposes New Shipping Sanctions

June 20, 2011
On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned ten shipping companies and three individuals affiliated with Iran's national shipping line. The official statement is below:           Continuing efforts to target the financial underpinnings of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL…

New U.N. Human Rights Rapporteur for Iran

June 20, 2011
Semira N. Nikou             On June 17, the U.N. Human Rights Council appointed Ahmed Shaheed, former Maldives foreign minister (2005-07), as the new special rapporteur to Iran. Shaheed had resigned from the foreign ministry in 2007 to protest the Maldives government’s failure to…

Iran's New Satellite Capability

June 17, 2011
Michael Elleman          As part of an ambitious plan to expand its space program, Iran claims to have launched its own satellite into orbit on June 15. It is the second satellite the Islamic republic has put into space.           The new 15.3kg satellite, dubbed the Rasad-1 (Observation-1),…

Iran’s Nuclear Program in 2011: Key Findings and Resources

June 16, 2011
David Albright and Andrea Stricker  Throughout 2011, the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has closely followed the Iranian nuclear crisis, including Iran’s technical advancements, setbacks, controversy over possible military dimensions to its nuclear program…

Clinton on Iran’s Election Anniversary

June 14, 2011
On June 14, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement on repression in Iran and Syria to mark the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential election:           Two years ago this week, Iranian citizens went to the polls in the hopes of expressing their democratic rights…

IMF Assesses Iran’s Economy

June 14, 2011
           Following a visit to Tehran in May and June 2011, the International Monetary Fund issued an assessment of Iran’s economy:          The mission reviewed recent economic developments and revised its macroeconomic estimates and projections in light of new data and discussions with the…