Strife in Iran’s Domestic Politics

Originally published in Foreign Policy Association Blogs by Reza Akhlaghi Disappointment over the Islamic Republic’s intransigence in its nuclear policy has given further credence to Western suspicions that Iran may be buying time to develop a nuclear military capability to blackmail regional states of the Persian Gulf and/or Israel. But at present, Iran’s deeply paranoid…

Iran: A Geopolitical Conundrum

This article was originally published in the Global Brief magazine by Reza Akhlaghi Political tugs of war, tireless lobbying efforts, a barrage of op-ed pieces vying for public opinion support, not to mention fear-mongering by various interest groups, all point to a long-standing and undeniable reality: dealing with post-revolutionary Iran is a conundrum of considerable proportions.…

The Coup against Mazdakite

Originally published in Tehran Bureau Uprising in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh and the Quest for Social Justice in today’s Iran. by Reza Akhlaghi The influence of clergy over Iranian society is not limited to today’s Islamic Republic — far from it. For much of its history, Iranian society has faced the clergy and its influence in the…