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    Former Iranian Vice President and former presidential candidate Mohammad Reza Aref (REUTERS/Fars News).

    Critiques, cartoons, and photos regarding the imminent implementation of phase two of subsidy reforms; reformist politician Mohammed Aref comments on the house arrests of Mousavi and Karroubi, and dates for expert-level talks between Iran and the P5+1 announced.

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    Appeals But No Apologies for Iran's United Nations Envoy: The Show Will Go On

    Iranian President Hassan Rohani and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

    The controversy over Washington's refusal to grant a visa to Iran's designated United Nations envoy has provoked protests from Tehran and anxieties from supporters of the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the two countries along with Europe, Russia, and China. Fortunately, both the objections and the apprehensions are overblown. 

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    Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani gestures to the media during a news conference in Tehran (REUTERS/Fars News/Majid Hagdost).

    President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet travel to the Sistan Balouchestan Province; Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh defends himself in Parliament, and IRGC Commander Yadollah Javani analyzes the “cost and benefit debate of the nuclear issue.”

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    A woman holds a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during Tehran's Friday prayers (REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl).

    The Supreme Leader lays out red lines regarding Iran’s nuclear negotiations; hardline students call for the execution of Mousavi and Karroubi; and Iran seeks to supply natural gas to Europe.

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    The latest hardline criticism directed towards the negotiators of the Geneva JPA interim agreement; senior official says additional monetary frozen assets to be released next week, and aging aircraft and spare parts will soon be heading to Europe for repairs.

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    Repression and Democratization in the Case of Egypt’s Islamists

    April 9 2014 Shadi Hamid Book Launch

    On April 10, 2014, the Brookings Institution hosted a book launch marking the release of Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East, a new book by Shadi Hamid, fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. After his presentation, Hamid sat down with Margaret Brennan, a foreign policy correspondent at CBS News, to expand on the Muslim Brotherhood, U.S. foreign policy in Egypt, and the role Islamists have played in Egypt’s democratic process.

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    US Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus speaks to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts).

    Press reactions towards General Petraeus’s editorial in today’s Washington Post; the General of Iran’s Armed Forces says the military fully supports President Rouhani, and the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure that would bar Iran's pick for ambassador to the U.N.

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    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrive for a news conference after talks in Vienna (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader).

    Latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 come to a close in Vienna; Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marks National Nuclear Technology Day, and Iran’s foreign minister addresses the controversy surrounding Iran’s appointee to the U.N Hamid Aboutalebi. 

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    Diplomats and "Our Difficult History": Tehran's Proposed UN Envoy is a Rare Rouhani Blunder

    Propaganda adorns the walls surrounding the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

    After a Senate voice vote in favor of banning Iran's chosen pick as United Nations envoy, the Obama administration has officially informed Tehran that the nomination is "not viable." This episode creates an unanticipated hurdle for the ongoing nuclear negotiations and the first big unforced error by the heretofore tactically brilliant team around President Hassan Rouhani. It should serve as a forewarning to Iran's re-ascendant moderates that not all of their revolutionary excesses will be excused simply to avoid rattling their hard-liners.
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    Journalists pose and take pictures with a smartphone on the podium of a news conference room in Vienna (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader).

    Calls for the U.N. to intervene in the appointment and potential visa denial of Iran’s U.N. envoy Hamid Aboutalebi; Iran’s nuclear negotiator says concerns regarding the Arak heavy-water reactor will be alleviated, but it will continue to operate, and John Kerry and John McCain trade barbs over Iran on Capitol Hill.

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