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    Iran Headlines: Impeachment of Science Minister, Sanctions Regime, and Cancer

    Member of Parliament Mostafa Kavekebian speaks to Iran's parliament in Tehran.

    President Hassan Rouhani’s Science, Research and Technology Minister received a vote of no-confidence during a parliamentary impeachment session today, a career Iranian diplomat explained the complications in removing the sanctions regime, and a senior health official commented on the rising incidence of cancer in Iran.

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    Rouhani Report Card: A Year of Economic Stabilization and Suspense

    Rouhani Report Card

    The fourth in a five-part series assessing the track record of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's first year in office examines his economic policies. Rouhani must navigate Iran’s fractious domestic politics, extricate the country from a seemingly intractable impasse with the international community, all while fulfilling the needs and aspirations of a population whose primary focus is its own`prosaic concerns of jobs, inflation, and living standards. If Rouhani can succeed on each front, Iran will rise out of its post-revolutionary loneliness and near-pariah status to flourish in the global economy. However, if the nuclear negotiations run aground or his presidency becomes mired in factional opposition, the prospects for a prosperous, stable Iran will similarly founder.
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    An Open Letter to the Iranian Negotiating Team

    Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius greet each other at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

    As Iran and the P5+1 countries prepare for their first round of nuclear negotiations in the four-month extension period, Robert Einhorn, a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, wrote an open letter to the Iranian negotiating team which was originally published on Saturday, August 16, on Iranian Diplomacy.  Read More

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    Next Steps in Iraq

    Kurdish soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Tuz Khurmato, Iraq.

    Last week, Iraq’s embattled prime minister Nuri al-Maliki decided to step down after weeks of political posturing. Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, warns that although significant, this political change is no cause for celebration: the central government in Baghdad will continue to face a number of problems on the political front, in addition to their ongoing fight against Islamic State fighters (ISIS) and the other Sunni militant groups. Pollack argues that the role of Iran and the Marja’iya should not be understated, and that the Obama administration’s reaction to the rapid developments in Iraq will be crucial in the weeks and months ahead.

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    Iran Headlines: Khamenei on Iraq, Royal Dutch Shell, and Opium

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks with State Television.

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voices his support for Iraq’s newly appointed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Royal Dutch Shell agrees to repay its debt from pre-sanction regime oil purchases, and Iran’s national drug task force confiscates almost four tons of opium in one week.

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    Reconciliation with Iran Helps Fuel Middle East Mayhem

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Jordan's King Abdullah in the White House in Washington.

    In a Mosaic Magazine opinion piece, Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy Michael Doran argues that Washington’s response to the most recent conflict in the Gaza Strip further illustrates that the Obama administration’s multi-track policy in the Middle East remains inconsistent, and as a result according to Doran, emboldens Iran at the expense of America’s traditional allies.

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    Rouhani Report Card: More Prudence Than Hope for Iran's Domestic Politcs

    Rouhani Report Card

    Yesterday, in a speech broadcast live on state television, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani declared that opponents of his policies should go to hell. It was a rare, but not unprecedented, loss of composure by a politician who has anchored his strategy in judiciousness. This third installment in a five-part series assessing the track record of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani considers his approach to the rowdy, unpredictable sport that is Iranian domestic politics — an outlook that relies on hard-nosed realism with aspiration and occasionally even inspiration.
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    Iran Headlines: Nuri al-Maliki, Tehran Plane Crash, and Bijan Zangeneh

    Iraqis gather to support Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad.

    Iranian press outlets react to the appointment of Haider al-Ibadi as Nuri al-Maliki’s replacement as Prime Minister of Iraq, a senior official discusses the health of the surviving passengers from Sunday’s plane crash in Tehran, and Bijan Zangeneh continues to remain tightlipped regarding an oil-for-goods deal with Russia.

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    Iraq: Understanding the ISIS Offensive Against the Kurds

    Kurdish troops deploy against Islamic State militants in Khazer, Iraq.

    The internal dynamics of the ongoing conflict in Iraq continues to remain uncertain. Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy Kenneth M. Pollack argues that understanding the military capabilities of both Kurdish forces and the Islamic State fighters (ISIS) is necessary to assess the rapid advance of ISIS fighters the past week in northern Iraq. Pollack also offers a look at the possibilities of an offensive by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and evaluates the main actors in this conflict.

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    Iran Headlines: Iraq’s Yazidi Refugees, Bilateral Nuclear Talks, and Saeed Laylaz

    Yazidi refugees fleeing violence in Iraq

    A hard-line news outlet criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to intervene in northern Iraq, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi hinted at the possibility of Tehran hosting bilateral nuclear talks with the P5+1, and pro-reform economist Saeed Laylaz diagnoses Iran’s economy.  Read More

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