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How To Think About The Iranian Bomb
Articles - October 13, 2008

When he takes office on January 20th, 2009, the next President of the United States will have to contend with a range of pressing issues, from a global economic slowdown to soaring energy prices and a domestic housing market in crisis. On the foreign policy front, however, none will be as urgent as dealing with the persistent nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. How the United States responds to Iran’s atomic drive will, to a large extent, dictate the shape of American strategy toward the greater Middle East for the foreseeable future. 

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 79
Bulletins - October 3, 2008

 An economic house of cards; A digital window of opportunity; Back to Iraq

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 78
Bulletins - September 15, 2008

A spoiler in Iraq; Switching horses in Gaza?; More signs of economic malaise; A tighter rein on Hezbollah

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 77
Bulletins - August 29, 2008

Waiting for the Mahdi; Band-aids over bleeding economic wounds; More nuclear movement in Tehran; Bad behavior in Iraq

A 'New' New World Order?
Articles - August 7, 2008

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at it again. In late July, Iran's firebrand president used a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran as the platform for a renewed call to arms in the Third World. In his remarks before the summit, Mr. Ahmadinejad blamed the West for everything from the spread of AIDS to nuclear proliferation, and called on the NAM countries to band together to create an alternative to the United Nations as a way of becoming "the pioneer of peace and justice in the world."

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 76
Bulletins - July 31, 2008

Ahmadinejad's new world order; The war on secular education; A new Egyptian-Iranian row; Bolstering the Basij; The high cost of the Internet

Europe Holds The Key To Iran
Articles - June 18, 2008

Officials in Europe are beginning to sound more and more like their American counterparts when it comes to Iran. In the wake of President Bush's trip to Europe, they even appear to be moving towards freezing the assets of Iran's largest bank as a way of signalling their resolve over Tehran's nuclear intransigence. In recent months, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned publicly that a nuclear Iran poses an "unacceptable risk for regional and world stability," and his government has taken the lead in calling for tougher international sanctions against the Islamic republic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made similar noises. "If Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, it would have disastrous consequences," Merkel told Israel's parliament, the Knesset, during her visit there in March. "We have to prevent this." In practice, however, Europeans are sending a very different signal. Indeed, recent days have seen the Old Continent deal a body blow to efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic.

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 74
Bulletins - May 29, 2008

Financial pressure, European style; Iran's Baha'i under fire; Securing Syria; Larijani rising

Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 73
Bulletins - May 16, 2008
To export, or not to export?; Not so quiet on the economic front
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 72
Bulletins - April 23, 2008

Iran and al-Qaeda; the ties that bind; A helping hand for Palestinian militants; Rewriting history in Tehran; Iran's take on the news