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Khamenei’s Red Lines on Nuclear Talks

            On April 9, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei outlined six red lines on nuclear talks in an address to the Atomic Energy Or

Report: How Khamenei Makes Decisions

      Ayatollah Ali Khamene

Khamenei Urges Action on Environment

      On March 5, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei urged g

Khamenei on Revolution’s Achievements

            Iran’s supreme leader celebrated the 1979 revolution on his Facebook

Iran’s Leaders Alarmed by Sunni-Shiite Tension

            Iran’s top religious and political leaders are alarmed by growing Sunni-Shiite tension in the Middle East.

Iran's Christmas Greetings

Geneva Deal III: Iranian Reaction

            Iran’s leaders have hailed the interim agreement as a victory and start of a new era for Tehran and its relations with t

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

Nasser Hadian on Why Iran is Ready

Nasser Hadian

Iran Officials Warn Against Syria Strike

      Iran’s po

Khamenei Google+ : On Iran’s Lazy Youth

            On August 29, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s office announced the launch of his English language

What Iran’s Election Means for the Future

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

Khamenei Comments: Nuclear Deal “Easy”

      In a meeting with t

Supreme Leader Blasts Foreign Plots in Vote

      On June 4, Supreme Leader Ayatollah A

Rand Report on Iran Election

            In a new Rand report, Alireza Nader examines the implications of the election, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Latest on the Race: Khomeini Daughter Defends Rafsanjani

      The daughter of late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khom

Latest on the Race: Rafsanjani Redux?

By Robin Wright and Garrett Nada

Latest on the Race: Rafsanjani Redux?

By Robin Wright and Garrett Nada

Khamenei: West Fueling Syria Conflict

            Western intelligence services are fomenting “bloody sectarian, ethnic and national conflicts” in Syria and countrie

Latest on the Race: Leader’s Ideal President

            In a strong speech six weeks before the election, the supreme leader admonished presidential candidates against making empty pr

Latest on the Race: Khamenei’s Do’s and Don’ts

            The supreme leader has warned presidential candidates against demeaning each other and promising more than they can accomplish.

Report: Sanctions Backfiring, Try Direct Dialogue

            A new report by top former U.S. officials concludes that sanctions are backfiring.

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