Shay Khatiri

Iran’s Succession After Ebrahim Raisi

When the supreme leader dies, instability is likely. The U.S. should prepare to take advantage of it. The sudden death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi will have little immediate effect on the regime. A former president once described his job as “the system’s logistics officer.” The next president, like previous […]

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If Raisi Is Dead: Implications for the Islamic Republic of Iran

State media report that a helicopter carrying Iran President Ebrahim Raisi had a “hard landing” amidst bad weather. Rescue teams reportedly are struggling to reach the mountainous and forested site. Raisi was returning from a visit to the Iran-Azerbaijan border. If Raisi is dead or incapacitated, there will need to

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Biden’s View of NATO Is as Outdated as Trump’s

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are old, and so are their ideas. Their approaches to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are wrongheaded and outdated. Mr. Trump is reaching back to the old-right view that it is unfairly burdensome, while Mr. Biden treats it as if it were the Cold War’s NATO. There’s a

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No, the Islamic Republic Will Not Moderate

On March 11, 2024, Arash Azizi, a senior lecturer at Clemson University, penned an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that when the 84-year-old Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei dies, Iran’s regime will moderate. “A closer look at the cast of characters vying for power behind the scenes shows that Iran’s policies are likely

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I’m an Asylum Seeker Fleeing Iran. I’m Stuck in Limbo Due to Economic Migrants

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to come to the United States. I was born in Iran to Marxist–Leninists who had spent time in prison and under torture. Conceived in Marxism, I somehow became obsessed with George W. Bush‘s message of freedom, and I felt destined for America.

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Henry Kissinger, Geopolitical Giant

Henry Kissinger — former secretary of state and assistant to two presidents for national-security affairs, Cold War statesman, historian, and political celebrity — passed away in November shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. Quite possibly, no other person to hold his positions has had his or her life and tenure

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Thousands turn out in Melbourne to stand in solidarity with protests that have broken out in Iran following the death of 22-year old Mahsa (also known as Jina or Zhina) Amini at the hands of the country’s brutal dictatorship and its ‘morality’ police.

The US is Struggling to Get Through to Iranians. Here’s How to Change That.

On Nov. 20, Manoto TV, a popular satellite network run by the Iranian diaspora in London and broadcast into Iran, announced that it would end its operations in January after its sponsor pulled support. The cessation of Manoto’s operation is regrettable for those who wish to see a free Iran, but the

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Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei meeting with newly Parliament members

Why It’s Obvious Iran Approved Hamas’s Attack

Shortly after Hamas’s assault on Israel, The Wall Street Journal, relying on Hamas sources, reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had green-lit the Oct. 7 attack. U.S. government officials said they don’t have evidence of Iran’s involvement, and Tehran itself claims that Hamas is an independent actor. But American and

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Joe Biden speaking

The Latest Biden Iran Deal Is as Bad as You’d Expect

In June, we wrote here that the administration of President Joe Biden was considering a freeze-for-bribe (“freeze-for-freeze” according to the administration officials) agreement with Iran. Last week, the administration announced a hostage deal with Iran that, beneath the surface, implements this freeze-for-bribe. At first glance, the agreement is as follows: The U.S.

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Ali Khamenei in Nowruz

The Biden Administration’s Reckless Re-engagement with Iran

It is often lamented in Washington that protests in Iran happen all the time but eventually dissipate and disappoint. Those wondering why this happens might look toward the White House. At a time when the Islamic Republic is on the back foot against the Iranian people, the administration of President

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