Commentary

My commentary on Middle East politics andU.S. foreign policy, featured in The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and elsewhere, can be found on IranPolitik: A Blog on Iranian Politics. I actively managed the blog for six years from 2011 to 2017 and have written over 300 posts there. A selection of my analysis and interviews have been reproduced below.


Analysis (Selection)

“Iran’s holding presidential elections. Here are the candidates to watch.” Washington Post Monkey Cage, April 27, 2017.

“The Rouhani Presidency at Three.” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 18 2016.

“Iran’s 2016 Elections: Change or Continuity?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, June 09 2016.

“Why Iran’s Assembly of Experts election is the real race to be watching.” Washington Post Monkey Cage, February 24 2016.

“Ayatollah V President: The clash of visions over Iran’s opening to the West.” New America Foundation, February 18 2016.

“U.S.-Iranian Relations after the Nuclear Deal: From Detente to Rapprochement?” War on the Rocks, September 03 2015 .

“Iran’s Conservative Consensus on the Nuclear Deal.” Washington Post Monkey Cage, April 15 2015.

“Military Intervention, Iranian-style.” War on the Rocks, June 30 2014.

“Iran’s Delicate Nuclear Consensus.” Washington Post Monkey Cage, May 29 2014.


Interviews (Selection)

Iran protests: why Rouhani’s foes are backing off their hard lineChristian Science Monitor, July 02, 2018.

Iran calls new U.S. sanctions a violation of nuclear dealWashington Post, August 03, 2017.

The muscular signals Iran is directing at the U.S. Axios, August 02, 2017.

Iranians vote for president, with the nuclear deal and economy on their mindWashington Post, May 19, 2017.

Rouhani, the ultimate insider, promises change in IranCNN, May 18, 2017

In the race to unseat Iran’s Rouhani, two conservatives emerge as front-runnerWashington Post, May 13, 2017.

Rouhani Fires Away at Leading Rival a Week Before Iran ElectionBloomberg Politics, 12 May 2017.

What We Learned From Iran’s Presidential Debate: QuickTake Q&ABloomberg Politics, 30 April 2017.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad registers to run for president. Agence France-Presse, April 27, 2017.

4 reasons Iran’s new parliament is a really big deal. Vox, May 26, 2016.

Nine Takeaways From Iran’s Elections. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 04, 2016.

Iran Elections: Why They Matter. Newsweek, February 24, 2016.

In Iran, Friday’s tightly controlled elections will be pivotal for moderates: Analysis. Toronto Star, February 24, 2016.

Surge in anti-American hostility in Iran is setback for jailed US reporter. Christian Science Monitor, October 23, 2015.

Could Iran’s Hardliners Derail a Nuclear Deal? The Atlantic, July 02, 2015.

Syria, Iran’s “Strategic Province.” IranWire, July 16, 2014.