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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.

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”

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

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