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Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.

Iran Is Filling Armenia’s Power Vacuum

Tehran has been eager to make up for Russia’s newfound absence in the South Caucasus.

U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.

Biden’s Iran Envoy: Sanctions Are ‘Not the Answer’

Robert Malley on the stalled nuclear deal and Washington’s plan to help Iran’s protesters.

Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.
Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.

A U.S.-Iranian Standoff at the World Cup—and Beyond

Off the playing field, Iran’s protests and ongoing uranium enrichment have heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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Athletes Join the Fight for Women’s Rights in Iran

How can the 2022 World Cup shed light on Iran’s domestic issues?

A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.

What Iranian Human Rights Defenders Can Learn From Syria and Beyond

Justice is unattainable without evidence. Documenting abuses by gathering and archiving this evidence must be a priority.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a rally outside the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 4, 2022, to mark the 43th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a rally outside the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 4, 2022, to mark the 43th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis.

The Post-Iran-Nuclear-Deal World Won’t Be Pretty

If the JCPOA really is dead, the United States will soon have to choose from a range of bad options.

Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2009.
Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2009.

It’s Woman vs. Woman in Iran’s Protests

The Islamic Republic has always cultivated a reservoir of devoted female support.

People take part in a mass demonstration against the government in Tehran, Iran, in 1979.
People take part in a mass demonstration against the government in Tehran, Iran, in 1979.

Why Won’t the Workers of Iran Unite?

Unlike in 1979, much of the Iranian working class is precariously employed—and they have more to lose than their chains by joining the protests.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran.
Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in Tehran.

Meet Iran’s Gen Z: the Driving Force Behind the Protests

They’re shaking up the aging clerical establishment to a degree not seen since the 1979 revolution.

Demonstrators sing "Baraye" while holding their phone lights high during a march in support of protests in Iran.
Demonstrators sing "Baraye" while holding their phone lights high during a march in support of protests in Iran.

Why Is Iran’s Regime So Afraid of This Song?

The crowdsourced protest anthem “Baraye” has become a thorn in the side of the theocratic government in Tehran.

Iranian soldiers stand next to Iranian Shahab-3 and Kheibar missiles during a rally marking Jerusalem day in Tehran, on April 29.
Iranian soldiers stand next to Iranian Shahab-3 and Kheibar missiles during a rally marking Jerusalem day in Tehran, on April 29.

Iran Is Now at War With Ukraine

Tehran has taken its fight against the West to Europe.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attend the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

The U.S. Needs a New Strategy to Stop Saudi and Iranian Support for Russia

Riyadh and Tehran are rivals on almost everything, but they are both supporting Russia’s war effort to give Washington a black eye.

Mahsa Amini protest in Iran
Mahsa Amini protest in Iran

How Iran’s Ethnic Divisions Are Fueling the Revolt

Non-Persian minorities, often overlooked in the West, may hold the key to the uprising’s course.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards during a ceremony to mark the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution at the mausoleum of Iran's late founder of Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran on Feb. 1, 2006.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards during a ceremony to mark the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution at the mausoleum of Iran's late founder of Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran on Feb. 1, 2006.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Will Never Stand Down

The biggest obstacle to regime change is a security force designed to protect the regime to the point of civil war.

Protesters gather in London on Oct. 1 in solidarity with people protesting across Iran.
Protesters gather in London on Oct. 1 in solidarity with people protesting across Iran.

A Chance to Be on Right Side of History in Iran

Britain and the United States overthrew the country’s last democratic government. Supporting pro-democracy protesters is an opportunity for redemption.

A woman walks in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2022.
A woman walks in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2022.

How Misogyny Imperiled Iran’s Regime

Four decades of repression and segregation have sparked a protest movement led by women that threatens the Islamic Republic and inspires the world.

A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in Paris on Oct. 9 in support of the protests in Iran.
A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in Paris on Oct. 9 in support of the protests in Iran.

Headscarves Are Not the Only Thing Women Are Protesting in Iran

Iranian women are highly educated but underemployed, driving frustration.

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