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John Bolton speaking at the gathering of the People's Mujahedin of Iran in front of headquarters of the United Nations, New York City

VOA Persian

Blog Post - Iran Project Iran Matters

US-Led Regime Change is not the Path

    Author:
  • Sina Toossi
| Oct. 11, 2018

For much of Iran's modern history, the Iranian people have been divided on issues such as traditionalism versus modernity and the nature of their relationship with the West. These divisions only highlight the need for organic political change to allow society to find common ground. However, outside political interventionism has been a constant setback, whether during the Constitutional Revolution period, the 1953 US/UK coup, or now with Trump's exhortations and actions.

A British anti-brexit protester holding a "Is it worth it?" sign.

Reuters

Analysis & Opinions - Brookings Institution

Divided Kingdom: How Brexit is Remaking the UK’s Constitutional Order

| Oct. 08, 2018

Amanda Sloat, Fellow at the Belfer Center's Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, writes in a new paper on Brexit's effect on the inner constitutional structure of the United Kingdom with a special focus on Northern Ireland and Scotland, where majorities voted to remain in the EU.

Judges enter the International Court of Justice

AP/Peter Dejong

Analysis & Opinions - Lawfare

What to Make of the ICJ's Provisional Measures in Iran v. U.S. (Nuclear Sanctions Case)

| Oct. 04, 2018

Elena Chachko analyzes the October 3, 2018 ruling by International Court of Justice on a case in which Iran sought fully re-instated sanctions relief from the United States, which was part of the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. 

Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate hearings.

Newsday

Analysis & Opinions - Deutschlandfunk Nova

Clüver Ashbrook on Kavanaugh Hearings: "If There Is One Big Loser, It Is The American Political System"

| Sep. 28, 2018

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director of the Belfer Center's Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, spoke with Germany's National Public Radio Deutschlandfunk about the Nomination and Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court.

From left, Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., gather before a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Way Kavanaugh’s Supporters Are Talking About Sexual Assault Allegations Can Be Dangerous, Our New Study Finds

    Authors:
  • Matthew A Baum
  • Susanne Schwarz
  • Yuri M. Zhukov
| Sep. 27, 2018

According to Politico, a White House lawyer said, in response to Dr. Ford’s allegations, “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.” The link our research reveals between such rape culture attitudes and actual sexual assault suggests excusing sexually violent behavior or normalizing sexual assault allegations as something all men do may encourage a culture of impunity that increases sexual assault without consequences.

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Analysis & Opinions - Aljazeera

What does Iran want in northern Syria?

| Sep. 23, 2018

Although there are a number of major disagreements between Iran, Russia and Turkey, what is important in the end is that they are all opposing the current US policies in Syria. All three countries have suffered from US sanctions and all have serious trust issues with the Trump administration. Emphasising this common ground, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in September that "the US is containable" and that Iran and Russia should continue close cooperation towards this goal. Whichever strategy Iran chooses to pursue, the US will likely feel the pressure on the ground soon enough. That could end up being an effective deterrent against US plans of opening additional fronts against Iran in the Middle East.