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Raisi’s death: Iran must choose a safe transition pathway

  • The sudden death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a tragic accident last week has left the Iranian regime in a state of shock. Raisi’s passing is particularly impactful not just because it leaves a critical leadership position vacant at a crucial time for Iran, both domestically and intern...
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Symbolic Western sanctions will not change Iran’s behavior

  • The EU and the Australian government last week announced new sanctions that aim to pursue the Western policy of changing the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Their respective announcements were part of a calibrated political strategy to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the Mi...
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The Iranian obstacles slowing any detente with its neighbors

  • Iran is engaged in double-dealing when it comes to its regional policy. The plurality of institutional actors that play a role in the implementation of Iranian foreign policy sometimes makes it difficult to determine what the official Iranian diplomatic position is. Several institutional bodies...
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Leaked recording exposes Tehran regime’s weakening grip

  • In a leaked audio recording, former Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of rigging the parliamentary elections held in early March 2024. Though Zarif said that the leaked recording was fabricated, edited and released for political motives,...
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Raisi strengthened by elections but Iran’s political system weakened

  • Iran’s parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, held on March 1, witnessed the lowest voter turnout since the Iranian revolution in 1979. This was not a surprise given the engineering process behind the elections, which led to the widespread disqualification of moderate and reformist ca...
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Saudi-Iran relations a year on from rapprochement deal

  • One year on from the revival of Saudi-Iranian relations through the China-brokered rapport agreement of March 10, 2023, this period has given us the time to gauge the agreement’s effectiveness and its impact on bilateral relations and the regional landscape. Despite conflicting interests, the t...
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Iranian elections and the challenges of popular discontent

  • Two elections will be held in Iran on March 1. These elections will be the first to be held since the outbreak of the national uprising following the death of Mahsa Amini, a young Iranian-Kurdish woman, in September 2022. To avoid any risk of protests and to protect the system (“nezam”) from in...
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Economic, political factors driving increase in migration from Iran

  • There are two different trends in Iran’s recent migration dynamics. Firstly, the country has experienced an accelerating trend of elite migration toward Western countries. According to official sources, Iranian migrants prefer countries such as the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and the UK. Sec...
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Iranians want change but authorities play on chaos fears

  • The death of 16-year-old Armita Geravand last month after collapsing on a Tehran metro train weeks earlier did not provoke massive protests inside Iran like the death of Mahsa Amini did in September 2022. According to Iranian state media, Armita died after “suffering from brain damage.” Iranian...
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GCC-ASEAN Summit: Gulf states shift to new waters in testing geopolitical times

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit to be held in Riyadh on Friday has ushered in excitement in the context of Gulf plans to chart new trajectories and plans away from the West. The plans of the GCC states to move beyond oil and diversify their economies a...
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