Iran

Israel Indicates a Military Strike on Iran is Possible | Worldfocus

July 27, 2009

Daniel Levy, the co-director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss developments out of the Middle ...

Referendum Call Outrages Supreme Leader | The National

July 20, 2009
... but they are ensuring that this political fight lasts,” said Afshin Molavi, an Iran expert at the Washington, DC-based New America Foundation. ...

Tensions Flare Anew in Iran Over Disputed Election | The Newshour with Jim Lehrer

July 17, 2009

AFSHIN MOLAVI, New America Foundation: This is a hugely important moment, Judy. I mean -- and it's important historically, not just in the context of today's events.

Here you have Hashemi Rafsanjani, a lion of the revolution, a man of the system, standing forward in this importantly symbolic venue, the Friday prayer hall, and saying, "Something has gone terribly astray here."

And then he's also speaking for the voices of millions of Iranians who did feel that these elections were rigged.

To Deal or Not to Deal, That Is the Question | Inter Press Service

July 17, 2009
In a recent article, New America Foundation's (NAF) Flynt Leverett noted that the Iranian crackdown following massive demonstrations against the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had "far less bloodshed" than Tiananmen Square...

Iran's Campaign Against Foreign Plots, Imagined and Real | TIME

July 14, 2009
Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, former National Security Council officials in the Bush Administration, wrote in May that "the Obama Administration has done nothing to cancel or repudiate an ostensibly covert but well-publicized program, begun in President George W. Bush's second term, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to destabilize the Islamic Republic."

Who Will Stand with Iranians?

  • By
  • Afshin Molavi,
  • New America Foundation
July 4, 2009 |

As Iranians took to the streets to protest a fraudulent election last month, braving tear gas, batons and bullets, pressure mounted on President Obama to take a tougher stand against the Islamic Republic's repression of peaceful dissent. Some said the president's statements were too soft. Others argued that Obama should refrain from picking sides, lest he present a pretext for hard-liners to label the protesters American stooges.

People began to argue: What should Obama do? I'd like them to ask another question: What should ordinary Americans do?

Turmoil in Iran Stifling Obama's Outreach | USA Today

July 1, 2009

Flynt Leverett, a former National Security Council who has long advocated engaging Iran, notes that President Nixon opened relations with China under Mao Zedong, who is held responsible for more peacetime deaths of his own people than Hitler in Germany and Stalin in the Soviet Union.

"Foreign policy is not about making you feel good," he says. "It's about serving interests." Original article

Iran Recount Gives Ahmadinejad Win | alJazeera.net

June 29, 2009

Afshin Molavi, an Iran expert at the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington DC, told Al Jazeera that the "Guardian Council is not necessarily an impartial arbiter here".

Molavi pointed out that the council's members are all appointed directly or indirectly by Ayatollah Ai Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, who has backed Ahmadinejad's victory.

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What Iran Can Learn from South Africa

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
June 29, 2009 |

A generation of American activists was inspired by the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, which promised moral clarity amid the cruel compromises of the cold war. As Barack Obama vividly explained in Dreams from My Father, he was one of them. Given the foreign policy dilemmas that the president will face in the years ahead, it's worth thinking through the lessons of the South African transition.

Rumors and Theories Swirl Around Protests | Washington Post

June 26, 2009
"There is a rich tradition of conspiracy theory in Iran," said Afshin Molavi, an Iran expert at the New America Foundation, adding that the word ...
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