Shahram Bahadori

Steering a theocratically powered machine

Few expected such a resounding victory for the moderates. Now Iran’s Hassan Rouhani can move more decisively in the direction that conservatives had opposed. The hostility from the Trump administration is only an additional hurdle to overcome.

Cover story
Iran loses its linchpin

A giant in Iranian politics, Hashemi Rafsanjani, has died. He played a number of roles throughout his long career, but whatever happened at the highest rungs of Iranian politics, you could be sure his influence was there.

Featured briefing
The interface is where it's at

As virtual economies multiply, their lack of infrastructure and tangible goods forces us to redefine what we mean by value.

Redrawing the Gulf
Iran's reformist resurgence

The Islamic Republic’s government involves a sophisticated system of checks and balances. President Rouhani has proved himself to be very adept at navigating the various forces at play and giving the country a more moderate line. 

Europe’s dark hour
Learning from history

Some suggest that a divide and rule strategy in the Middle East would suit the West. But a closer look at the historical conditions that enabled such a strategy to be successful might discourage such an approach.

World economy
The ayatollah wears Prada

Iran is opening up to international business. But the fashion business – from clothing manufacturers to modeling agencies – must take into consideration certain peculiarities of the Islamic Republic. 

Middle East
Steps to revolutionary reform

Iranian President Rouhani is poised to usher in a new era in the Islamic Republic. With sanctions lifted he must now try to manage a host of domestic problems that could transform Iran from within.

Middle East
Iran’s sanctions workaround

Doing business in Iran involves adapting to the effects of sanctions. As Iranians prepare for normalized relations with the West, the element of mistrust looms large in the collective psyche.

The Islamist connection

In need of money to capture territory and spread their radical ideas, Islamist groups have turned to the cash cow of drug smuggling to finance their endeavors, making strange bedfellows along the way.

Inside Iran

Foreigners reporting on Iran make little effort to understand the situation from within, perpetuating a series of myths in the process. From the Iranians’ point of view, however, there is a degree of diversity that would surprise most Westerners.

Saudi Arabia
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