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Morgan Carlston
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Iran and Trump (Part 1)
Iran is one of the most interesting geopolitical threats facing President Trump. The new president has expressed strong distaste for Iran , mostly relating to the nuclear deal reached between the P5+1 and Iran during President Obama’s term . At the same tim...

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Israel's Hasbara Machine Misfiring or Overhyped?
Israel expends a lot of effort and spends a lot of money on ' Hasbara ', literally 'explaining', but understood by most to be a euphemism for 'propaganda'. Despite this, the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas has produced in a series of crude and seem...

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No, FRUS doesn't have all the answers
A recent article in Politico on the 1953 Iran Coup , while well intentioned, is unfortunately fundamentally flawed. Malcolm Byrne, who collaborated with Mark Gasiorowski to provide one of the most important academic books on the coup, writes in support of r...

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A recent article in Politico on the 1953 Iran Coup , while well intentioned, is unfortunately fundamentally flawed. Malcolm Byrne, who collaborated with Mark Gasiorowski to provide one of the most important academic books on the coup, writes in support of r...

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Iran and the Taliban
A core principle of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to export the revolution, their system of Twelver Shi'a inspired Islamic governance. This is most prevalent in Lebanon, where Hezbollah acts as a proxy. Iran also spends money funding ideological enemies f...

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Why is State Delaying the Release of the Updated 1952-1954 Iran FRUS?
For all the strange and unprofessional behavior by the State Department over the last few years, something curiously ignored is the persistent delays in the scheduled re-release of the 1952-1954 Iran Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) collection....

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Hardline Assembly of Experts Chair and Conservative Majles Speaker Selected
As expected, a hardliner and a conservative were selected to head both Iranian governmental bodies "elected" a few months back. The leading vote getters in both elections ended up not being selected to head either the Assembly of Experts (Rafsanjani) or the...

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EXCLUSIVE: Key Source in Hersh's Ghouta Claims Investigated by FBI and ICE
On the morning of October 25th, 2010 Federal Agents from the FBI and ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) raided a home in Melrose, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston . At the same time, an interview was conducted by FBI agents at JFK International...

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Iran Elections 2016 Early Thoughts
With many seats remaining unselected until the run-off election, a large number of independents with uncertain affiliations, and overlapping elections lists, there is much left unresolved by the dual Iranian elections. Despite this obvious truth, partisans ...

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The Leadup to the Iranian Elections
Iranian domestic affairs are notoriously difficult to predict. This is especially true at such an important moment in the Islamic Republic when the stakes are as high as they have ever been. Rumors, unreliable polling and opaqueness in the approval and elec...
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