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The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy

Mehdi Khalaji, Patrick Clawson, Michael Eisenstadt, Matthew Levitt, and Michael Singh

Also available in العربية

June 3, 2013


Patrick Clawson, Mehdi Khalaji, Michael Eisenstadt, Matthew Levitt, and Michael Singh have contributed material to this important ongoing project on Iran.

In October 2010, the United States Institute of Peace, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, commenced publication of The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy, an ongoing online compendium of essays by fifty of the world's top scholars on Iran. The authors represent some twenty foreign policy think tanks, eight universities, and senior foreign policy officials from six U.S. administrations. With no single political agenda, the publication presents a wide range of perspectives on diverse aspects of Iran's politics, economy, military, nuclear program, and society. It also probes Iran's foreign relations with a dozen nearby countries or regions, chronicles U.S.-Iran relations under six American presidents, and presents the West's options for dealing with Iran in the future.

Five Institute senior fellows have contributed material to The Iran Primer project. Click on any of the following links to download individual contributions.

Iran-Syria Religious Ties Mehdi Khalaji

Iran Talks: Is New Momentum Enough? Patrick Clawson

Will Obama Win Jumpstart Diplomacy? Patrick Clawson

Tehran's Views on U.S. Politics, Nuclear Talks, Mehdi Khalaji

Assessing Iran's Parliamentary Election, Mehdi Khalaji

Analyzing the Impact of European Sanctions, Patrick Clawson

Will Iran Dare Close the Strait of Hormuz? Michael Singh

U.S. Court Ruling Links Iran to Al-Qaeda, Matthew Levitt

Treasury Tightens Squeeze on Iran Front Companies, Matthew Levitt

Analysis of Iran-al-Qaeda 'Secret Deal,' Patrick Clawson

Financial Sanctions, Matthew Levitt

Interview with Mehdi Khalaji on Iranian relations with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Politics and the Clergy, Mehdi Khalaji

The Limits of Iran's Soft Power, Michael Eisenstadt

Iran and Iraq, Michael Eisenstadt

U.S. Sanctions, Patrick Clawson

PDFs reproduced by permission of United States Institute of Peace. Copyright 2010 by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the United States Institute of Peace.