Reza Marashi

Reza Marashi is director of research at the National Iranian American Council and a former Iran desk officer at the U.S. Department of State.


Commentary

The June elections have been shaken up by the entry of former president Rafsanjani. 

Nobody's happy about the bad economy, but Tehran isn't changing direction anytime soon.

Unless Washington accepts a process of reciprocal concessions with Iran and puts sanctions relief on the table, war will only become more likely.

Iran is rooting for a hawkish administration in Washington, but its preferences are based on dangerous misperceptions.

Misperceptions that exacerbate the enmity between Washington and Tehran—and push both closer to war.

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April 25, 2014