Brian Hook, the Iran Hawk in Chief

Book Review of “Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash that Shaped the Middle East”

Dissecting the 2019 Israeli elections

Three Key Aspects of the Turkish local elections

Book Review of “Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb, and the Clash that Shaped the Middle East”

“Making the Arab World” is a superb dual biography of two of the key figures of twentieth-century Egyptian history, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Sayyid Qutb. At the same time, however, the book written by Fawaz A. Gerges is much more than this. In his work, the Lebanese-American scholar recounts the evolution of Egypt before Nasser Continue Reading

Dissecting the 2019 Israeli elections

After the publication of the final results of the Israeli parliamentary elections, Benjamin Netanyahu, the incumbent, emerges as the winner of the April 9 polls. The Prime Minister, who is going to be indicted for different corruption charges by the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit, put himself at the center of the electoral campaign. The Continue Reading

Three Key Aspects of the Turkish local elections

On March 31 local elections were celebrated in Turkey. We try to analyse the results of the elections by looking at three key aspects that marked the electoral contest. The discrepancy between overall vote and the results in Turkey’s largest cities It is impossible to find a single indicator for a comprehensive assessment of the Continue Reading

Book Review of “Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic”

Feb. 1, 2019, marked the 40th anniversary of the return of Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran after 15 years of exile. During the four decades that have passed since Khomeini’s comeback, numerous have been the analysts and political leaders that have forecasted the imminent doom of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In his latest book, “Iran Rising: Continue Reading

Book Review of “Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran”

Exactly forty years ago, on March 14, 1979, the American feminist Kate Millet and her partner, the Canadian journalist Sophie Keir, did not know yet that they were about to be deported from Iran. They would be aware of this the following day, when the deputy prime minister of the Iranian interim government, Abbas Amir-Entezam, Continue Reading

The anti-Iranian Warsaw Summit may have been a failure… but not for everyone

A failure… There is a certain consensus that the international summit organized in Warsaw by the United States last week, on February 13-14, was a failure. The pompous name given to the meeting (Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East) could not hide the main motivation behind the organization of the Continue Reading

Mike Pompeo’s article in Foreign Affairs: An Exercise in Hypocrisy and Intellectual Poverty

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo published an article in the November/December issue of the influential journal Foreign Affairs. In his piece (which can be consulted here, in the website of the US Department of State), Pompeo deals with the US policy vis-a-vis Iran. The US top diplomat does not introduce any major argument in his limited Continue Reading

Is Iran Just Waiting For The Next US President?

Presidential cycles in Iran and the US do not perfectly overlap. Nonetheless, Iranian and US Presidents share a period of around three years in power. While the last Presidential elections in the US took place in 2016, 2012, 2008 and successively (always in November), in the Iranian case these were celebrated in 2017, 2013, 2009 Continue Reading