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Iran has been lucky in its enemies

Iran has been lucky in its enemies

The 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution this month predictably showcased the mix of breast-beating and victimhood that so characterises the theocratic nationalists who rule the Islamic Republic. Even Hassan Rouhani, the pragmatic president now more beholden to the regime’s hardliners after President Donald Trump last year pulled the US out of the nuclear deal struck with Iran in 2015, has lent full-throated voice to the jingoistic chorus.

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American efforts to isolate Iran will backfire

American efforts to isolate Iran will backfire

As the celebrations of the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution comes to an end in Tehran, Secretary Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are busy gathering an anti-Iran coalition in Warsaw to crush Iran’s clerical rulers once and for all. But there is nothing innovative about the Pompeo-Bolton plan. In fact, Washington has been down this path numerous times before and it has invariably led to failure—even when much of the world was on America’s side. The question is not whether Bolton and Pompeo will succeed or not, but what they will push Donald Trump to do once their failure is clear for all to see.

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The Islamic Republic, 40 years on: A conversation with Gary Sick

The Islamic Republic, 40 years on: A conversation with Gary Sick

In early 1978 President Carter congratulated the Iranian government, led autocratically by Shah Reza Pahlavi, for its role as an island of stability in the region. If this was the perception of a trusted partner that prevailed in Washington, were there also dissenting voices or at least more skeptical analyses?

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Don't let Democrats become the party of war

Don't let Democrats become the party of war

This month, the president of the United States will meet for a second time with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Either the path toward peace for 75 million Koreans will advance, or it will reverse into recriminations and nuclear threats. In the coming months, too, the president may act on his desire to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from ill-conceived, open-ended missions in Syria and Afghanistan—or he will continue to keep them in harm’s way, with no strategy for victory in sight.

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Trump's Iran policy same as Bush's Iraq policy

Trump's Iran policy same as Bush's Iraq policy

Last week, intelligence officials testified publicly that Iran has not resumed its efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon. The next day, President Trump called these officials “extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran,” and advised, “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”

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Will the US and Iran be enemies forever?

Will the US and Iran be enemies forever?

John Limbert belongs to an exclusive club — the 52 American diplomats held hostage by Iran for 444 days during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Since that crisis, which began 40 years ago next month, the two countries shared an enmity that has only grown worse under President Trump.

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Zarif takes on

Zarif takes on "10Year Challenge"

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has taken on the popular social media meme ‘#10YearChallenge’ on Twitter by posting two pictures about the US national security adviser’s never-changing penchant for striking Iran.

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Zarif: A picture is worth a thousand words

Zarif: A picture is worth a thousand words

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has reacted to a picture showing the US national security adviser wearing VR goggles reportedly reconstructing the past on a tour in the Israeli-occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds, reports Mehr News.

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