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The Iran Primer


Iran Condemns Boston Attack, Slams U.S. Policy

            Iran's supreme leader condemned the two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and wounded more than 170

The Arab Uprisings in Iranian Politics

            Iran hailed the 2011 Arab uprisings as an “Islamic Awakening” and considered the overthrow of U.S.-backed dictato

Khamenei Comments II: Islam’s Rules on Sports

            Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told athletes that they play a valuable role in promoting Iran’s values abroad and

Khamenei Comments I: Nuke Research as Model for Sports

            In a little noticed speech, Iran’s supreme leader urged athletes to emulate the determination of the country’s nucl

Khamenei Open to Direct U.S. Talks

            Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he is not opposed to direct talks with the United States in a speech marking Nowruz,

Khamenei Tweets: Iran Needs More Concessions

            On March 7, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed that Western nations only acknowledged a “fraction” of Ir

Khamenei Comments: U.S.-Iran Talks Won’t Solve Any Problems

            In two major speeches in February, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei focused on the nuclear program, Iran-U.S.

Nukes, Negotiations and “Argo”

Nukes, Negotiations and “Argo”

John Limbert

Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons

            On February 16, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Iran has no intention to build nuclear weapons.

Obama: Time for a Diplomatic Solution

            On February 12, President Obama said Iran’s leaders “must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solutio

Iran’s Successes and Failures - 34 Years Later

Daniel Brumberg

What are Prospects for Progress at New Talks?

Bruce Riedel
The world’s six major powers and Iran are due to hold the f

Part IV - Pivotal Election: The Issues

Shaul Bakhash

Khamenei Comments: West Wants to Block Election

            In three major speeches in January, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei focused on the upcoming presidential election, the t

Part III - Pivotal Election: The Reformists

Shaul Bakhash

Part II - Pivotal Election: The Ahmadinejad Camp

Shaul Bakhash

Part I - Pivotal Election: The Conservatives

Shaul Bakhash

Letter Appeals to Obama, Khamenei from Former Iran Parliamentarians

            On January 7, seven former Iranian parliamentarians called for direct talks between Washington and Tehran on the nuclear issue

Iran: A Rough Year in 2013

 Alireza Nader

Iran: A Rough Year in 2013

Khamenei Comments: Iran on the Rise

            In November, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised Iran’s influence and growing power in the region.

Iran’s Nuclear Program: A Shift in the Winds?

Shaul Bakhash

Ahmadinejad Concedes to Supreme Leader

            On November 1, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged to focus on Iran’s economic problems instead of domestic quarrels in

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