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Iran’s Greatest Challenge is Homegrown and Domestic Unrest

By Elodie Sellar The prospect of potential domestic unrest has hit a raw nerve in Iran.Iran has long been a formidable regional force. It has projected its power by backing Shia militias, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq, or Sunni groups such as...

Independence is the Last Option for the Kurds in Iraq

By Raman Ghavami The Kurds are unlikely to back down unless they receive an alternative deal, but this is unlikely to come from Baghdad. The year was 1639. For the first time in their history, the Kurds of Iran were separated from their brethren due to a treaty signed...

Terror Attack Exposes Weakness of Iranian National Security

By Raman Ghavami The recent terrorist attack in Iran has exposed the fragility of the country’s security. On June 7, terrorism came to Tehran as 17 people were killed and many more wounded. While the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, dismissed the attack as mere...

Iranian Presidential Election: A Choice Between Bad or Worse

  By Raman Ghavami Even if he wins the Iranian election, the realities of today will make it difficult for President Rouhani to achieve social and political reform. The Iranian presidential election on May 19 has been shaped by sociopolitical changes, the need...

How Russia Changed Turkey’s Policy in Syria

By Raman Ghavami The Kremlin has managed to use the Kurds to weaken its enemies. Since 2011, the relationship between Russia and Turkey has been tumultuous. Despite the new alliance between the two countries, it is undeniably unbalanced in favour of Russia. To achieve...

Survey on Kurdistan Independence Referendum

Polling Survey on The Upcoming Referendum on The Independence of Kurdistan For PDF download of this report - click here This opinion poll focuses on the upcoming referendum on the independence of Kurdistan. It was conducted between the 21st to the 27th of August 2017,...