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The Iran Primer


Iran Nuke Odyssey 1: Under the Shah

Ali Vaez, Karim Sadjadpour (via Tags: Nuclear Program, Shah, Reports

Iran Nuke Odyssey 2: After the Revolution

Ali Vaez, Karim Sadjadpour (via Tags: Nuclear Program, Reports

Report: How Khamenei Makes Decisions

      Ayatollah Ali Khamene

Report: Low Confidence in Justice System

            Iranians have low confidence in their justice system, according to a new World Justice Project Tags: Human Rights, Judiciary, Reports

Iran Complying with Interim Nuke Agreement

           On March 20, the U.N.

Gallup:Iran No Longer Number One Enemy

            Half as many Americans view Iran as the United States’ greatest enemy as did two years ago, according to a new Gallup pol

State Dept: 2013 Human Rights Report on Iran

            On February 27, the State Department released its annual country reports on human rights practices.

Report: Iran Media Heavily Restricted

      Iran remains one

Report: Understanding Iran’s New Leadership

            President Hassan Rouhani’s election has provided an opening for improved relations between Tehran and the West, according

Tags: Reports

IMF Report: Iran’s Economy Weak

            Government mismanagement, rampant inflation and international sanctions have taken a heavy toll on Iran’s economy, accord

Polls: Americans Support Nuclear Deal

            The majority of Americans support the interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, according to two new polls.

Poll: Americans Support Deal but are Skeptical

            Six in ten Americans support the interim deal on Iran's controversial nuclear program, according to a new AP-GfK poll.

Poll: Americans Divided on Nuclear Agreement

            Some 43 percent of Americans disapprove of the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program while 32 percent approve, according to

Report: Iran’s Missiles Raise Tensions in Gulf

            Iran has raised tensions in the Middle East by increasing the number, range and capability of its rockets and missiles, accordi

Poll: Iranians Split on Syria Policy

            A slight majority of Iranians think their government is having a negative impact on developments in Syria, according to a newly

Poll: Iranians Prioritize Jobs and Political Reform

           Iranians want their government to focus on the economy and political reforms this year, according to a newly released Zogby Research

Poll: Americans Back Geneva Deal 2-to-1

            Americans support the interim nuclear deal with Iran by a two-to-one margin, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Geneva Deal VI: Experts on Terms

            The following briefs analyze the terms of the interim deal on Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

Geneva Deal VII: Nuclear Diplomacy in Iranian Tweets

            The chain of events that ultimately produced Iran’s nuclear deal with the world’s six major powers played out in a

US Polls on Iran Nuclear Deal

            Nearly two-thirds of Americans support an agreement with Iran that would lift sanctions in return for Tehran restricting its nu

Long-Range Missiles a Decade Away

            Iran is highly unlikely to deploy a long-range missile capable of reaching U.S.

UN Report: Iran Has Slowed Nuclear Program

            Iran has virtually halted upgrading its uranium enrichment capacity, according to the latest quarterly report from the Internat

Iranians' Support for Syria Wanes

            Less than half of Iranians support economic, military or political support for the Syrian regime, according to a new Gallup Wor

Geneva Talks: Experts on Deal Terms

            The following briefs by nuclear proliferation experts analyze the potential terms of a deal to solve the Iranian nuclear dispu

Gallup: Most Iranians Say Sanctions Hurting

            Some 85 percent of Iranians said international sanctions have hurt their livelihoods, according to a new poll by Gallup World.

US Report: Sanctions Biting Harder

            The Congressional Research Service periodically releases a comprehensive report on Iran sanctions impact.

Iran Oil Exports Up 26 Percent from 2012

             Iran’s oil exports increased by 180,000 barrels per day in September 2013, according to Tags: China, India, Japan, Oil, Sanctions, Reports

Report: Gender Gap Widening

            Iran has one of the worst records on gender gap, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

Poll: Jewish Support for Iran Strike Drops

            Some 52 percent American Jews would support a U.S.

Iran’s Breakout Time Shortening

            Iran may need as little as one month to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb, according to new report by the In

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