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Preparing for Regime Change in Iran


Excerpts from "Preparing for Regime Change in Iran," Washington Institute for Near East Policy, available at Fikra Forum

 "Maryam Rajavi, your endeavor to rid your people of the Khomeinist cancer is an historic epic that...will remain inscribed in the annals of history." -His Royal Highness, Prince Turki Al Faisal

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Obama's Iran Deal Caused The Administration To Ignore Valuable Nuclear Intelligence

June 2016  •  Opinion

Foreign policy circles were abuzz over a May 5, 2016 New York Times Magazine profile of White House foreign policy advisor Ben Rhodes. It boasted about manipulating "naïve" journalists into telling the American people how nascent moderation within the Iranian regime made the Iran nuclear talks viable. He also highlighted the White House creation of an "echo chamber" providing grants to outside nonprofit groups for pursuing the President's objective to support so-called moderates in Tehran.

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What America Can Learn from Zalmay Khalilzad

April 12, 2016  •  THE NATIONAL INTEREST

 Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC, on April 12, 2016. That talk is a part of the rollout of his new book, The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World. Khalilzad spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on March 31 in an event moderated by CBS Anchor Bob Schieffer, and an event was held for Khalilzad at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), with President Carl Gershman as moderator. These occasions are a testimony to the quality of the book, the respect Khalilzad commands from his colleagues, and the relevance of The Envoy for the future of American foreign policy in hot spots like Afghanistan and Iraq.

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A Plan to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran

February 15, 2016  •  Foreign Policy

 For the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jan. 17 Implementation Day of the nuclear deal and Feb. 11 commemoration of the founding of the Islamic Republic highlight two faces of the state. On one side, the deal shows a normal state that can become nuclear-arms capable within 10 years.

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Islamist Movements Protégées of the Ayatollahs

13 January 2016  •  AMAZON

IPC Publishing is proud to announce the release of "Islamist Movements Protégées of the Ayatollahs."



This study makes 5 contributions for policymakers.

First, Islamic State is like the Islamic Republic of Iran. Each advocates a world without frontiers, oppresses dissidents, and lacks popular support.

Second, the study updates a prior book, "Arab Rebels," in light of creation of Islamic State as descendants of the Iranian regime. With the 1979 Revolution in Iran, these protégées received oxygen and rose as al Qaeda and Islamic State; Iran's narrative of a borderless caliphate compares favorably with the storyline of Islamic State, which is also a world without frontiers.

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