Reza Marashi

Reza Marashi is Director of Research at the National Iranian American Council.

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Monday, January 01, 2018
Iran Protests: Civil Rights Movement Or Revolution?
Revolution or civil rights movement? That’s the question I’ve been asked repeatedly as the latest round of protests in Iran commenced. But it’s not the first time I’ve tried to explain what even many inside Iran had trouble explaining. In 2009, I served in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the State...
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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Nikki Haley Is Not Good At Foreign Policy
Nikki Haley is not good at foreign policy. With few discernible achievements to speak of after one year as America’s envoy to the UN, her most noteworthy moments have been two incoherent diatribes on Iran. The first –an airing of grievances passed off as justification for killing the Iran nuclear...
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Friday, June 09, 2017
As Iranians Vote For Peace, Trump Helps Saudi Arabia Pick Another Fight
American policymakers must be smiling from ear to ear. In a country with 56 million eligible voters, more than 41 million Saudis voted in their presidential elections last Friday – the 12th such election over the past 38 years. Despite a litany of obstacles arbitrarily imposed by unelected...
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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Obama's Real Achievement With the Iran Deal
One cannot help but feel sorry for President Barack Obama. After twenty months of painstaking negotiations with Iran and America's coalition partners, hours of hearings on Capitol Hill, countless closed briefings for lawmakers, and scores of articles and opinion pieces about the nuclear deal, few...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
On Clearing the Final Hurdles of the US/Iran Nuclear Deal
As officials from Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) negotiate around the clock in Vienna, the self-imposed June 30 deadline steadily approaches to seal a comprehensive nuclear deal. The Obama and Rouhani administrations should be commended:...
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Why Iran Won't Capitulate
Part of the reason why opponents to a nuclear deal with Iran are so bewildered by President Barack Obama's diplomacy is because their belief that Iran can be forced to capitulate. They adhere to a George W. Bush administration-era argument: If the U.S. only were to ramp up pressure, it can dictate...
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The Wrong Path to Peace with Iran
As American and Iranian negotiators prepare to implement their historic interim nuclear deal, a handful of hawkish lawmakers are on the cusp of destroying the last remaining pathway to peace.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Which Iran Will We Choose?
The historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout capabilities. Ultimately, it will help determine who and what will define Iran's foreign and domestic policies for decades to come. Will it be the security-oriented, confrontational and internally repressive orientation preferred by the Iranian hardliners?
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Monday, July 01, 2013
Parsing Rouhani’s Victory in Iran
The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s next president has elicited different interpretations in Washington. To some, Iranian officials from both sides of the political spectrum are cut from the same cloth, so a pox on both of their houses!
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