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Ruhollah Khomeini

All the Ayatollah's Men

Some Westerners are puzzled that Iran’s foreign policy remains as bellicose today as it was in the time of Ayatollah Khomeini. But history shows that the regime’s foreign policy is designed to maintain its ideological identity.

The Revolution Will Be Mercantilized

Iran is degenerating into a security state, with the Revolutionary Guard Corps at the helm. The fight for supremacy among the hard-line elite can only lead to a crisis within the Iranian state.

Iranian Resurrection

Iran is becoming a superpower. Funding proxy armies, controlling vital energy hubs and winning the heart of the Arab street, Tehran has created a sphere of influence on an imperial scale. If we don’t do something—and soon—Iran, not China or Russia

A Broken Engagement

Hell hath no fury like a Tehran scorned.

Protecting Kosovo at the Expense of New York

In his blog Subjective Evaluation, Dimitri K. Simes disputes former President Clinton's assertion that his administration

Lessons from the Chavez Controversy

Now on Subjective Evaluation from guest poster Paul J. Saunders, Publisher of National Interest online: House Democrat Charles Rangel may have been playing politics in his rebuke o


Forget the Fatwa

Iran's claim that religious strictures will keep it from developing nuclear weapons isn't enough.

Two Ships Passing in the Night: The Story of US-Iranian Relations

Even before the Iranian Revolution, Iranians had concerns about US policy toward Iran and since the Revolution both countries have legitimate issues that should be resolved if for no other reason than to enhance security and stability.

Israel's Own Goal

The flotilla incident takes international focus off the real threat to Mideast peace—Iran.

Books & Reviews

Revivalism, Shi‘a Style

Energized Shi‘a represent a powerful challenge to Sunni extremism and jihadism.

The Appeal of Iran, Review of Shahram Chubin's Iran's National Security Policy: Capabilities and Intentions

Before we can begin to fashion a sensible Iran policy, the first task is to grasp the full dimensions of what Iran is all about.

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April 19, 2014