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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Beyond Conflict and Coexistence?

by Madawi Al-Rasheed & Pejman Abdolmohammadi

On 7 May 2015, the LSE Middle East Centre organised a workshop entitled ‘Saudi Arabia and Iran: Beyond Conflict and Coexistence?’. It was a coincidence that several academics, policy makers and think tank analysts debated the roots of the rivalry between the two countries throughout the day while awaiting the expected announcement to withdraw from […]

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    Contrary to popular belief, feminism in Iran remains unwavering

Contrary to popular belief, feminism in Iran remains unwavering

by Yasaman Moinzadeh-Hakami

After the 1979 Revolution, there began a heavy push for women to attend university, with efforts to encourage women into higher education still continuing today. In 2001, women in academia outnumbered men for the first time, making up more than 60% of the overall student body. There are now more educated Iranian women in different fields ranging […]

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    Russia and Iran: Common Interests, Ongoing Differences and Growing Risks

Russia and Iran: Common Interests, Ongoing Differences and Growing Risks

by Mark N. Katz
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Moscow shares several interests with Tehran. Both oppose American influence in the Middle East. Both fear their internal democratic opponents and believe that America supports them. Both fear […]

Iran’s Relations with Russia: From Tactical to Strategic?

by Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and the RAND Corporation looking at Russia’s strategy in the Middle East on 28 March 2018. 

Tehran’s relations with Russia generally fluctuate between tactical and strategic. From an Iranian perspective, this is mostly due to two factors: who is in power in Iran and what is […]

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    The Iranian Presidential Election: Will Rouhani be Stopped by the Conservatives?

The Iranian Presidential Election: Will Rouhani be Stopped by the Conservatives?

by Pejman Abdolmohammadi

 

With less than four days till the Iranian presidential elections, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, one of six candidates, announced his withdrawal from the race endrosing Ebrahim Raisi. The six candidates were pre-selected  by the Guardian Council from amongst 1,653 hopefuls. This means they met all the requirements to eventually become President of the Islamic Republic.

Current President Hassan Rouhani […]

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