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  • 2015-01-24 12:52


    In the Youtube interview below, AIC Director of Communicatinos Kayvon Afshari discusses Obama's Iran statements during the State of the Union Address, the Congress's decision to invite Netanyahu, the Menendez Kirk sanctions bill, and the viewpoint of Iran's revolutionaries. 






  • 2014-12-19 12:33

    Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

        At a recent conference on nuclear energy, Ahmad Shirzad, a reformist politician who is convinced of the net harmful effect of the nuclear program, stated: "From this well (of nuclear industry) no water comes out, not even one glass of water for the country since a decade ago."  Another speaker, Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam, went even further and boldly claimed that the nuclear program has no contribution to make to any type of technology in Iran. Shirzad also raised alarms about the Arak heavy water reactor by comparing it to Chernobyl and adding that he is in favor of the Western proposal to switch it to a light water reactor, presumably because the latter are safer. But, all these negative judgments are questionable.   

  • 2012-10-18 15:21

     by Hooshang Amirahmadi

    "The Political Economy of Iran under the Qajars," is the latest book by Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi.

  • 2012-09-10 16:24


    The Use of WMD's during the Iran-Iraq War – 1980-1988

    By: Evan Usher


    The Point: The Iran-Iraq War was fought for eight years and had devastating effects on both countries. Throughout the war Iraq used chemical weapons on the Iranian military as well as on Iranian civilian populations.  There are several instances during the war that Iraq used harmful chemical weapons, which had been banned from use since the Geneva Protocol of 1925. Initially, Iraq denied using any chemical weapons, but as the war raged, chemical experts were sent into Iran to examine the possible use of chemical weapons. Irrefutable evidence was discovered that mustard gas and nerve gas were pervasively used along the border region in Iran.



    US-Iran relations
  • 2012-09-10 15:37


    The “War of Cities” during the Iran-Iraq War

    By: Evan Usher


                    The Point:  The Iran-Iraq war had been fought for several years and the casualties for both countries were mounting. The war had cost both countries billions of dollars and several hundred thousand dead. By 1985, the war had degenerated into a war of attrition as both sides did not have enough equipment to mount effective offensives. Both Iran and Iraq had massive infantry armies that ground to a halt and ensued in a stalemate as military leaders scrambled to find new methods of inflicting damage on the opponent. One of these methods, developed by Iraq, resulted in bombing Iranian cities. The idea was to attack the civilian population in hopes of draining their morale and in effect losing the will to carry on the fight. This was a barbaric and deplorable tactic used by Iraq.


    US-Iran relations
  • 2012-08-31 15:04



    Algiers Accords: 1979-1981

    By: Evan Usher


    The Point:  The Algiers Accords was an agreement between the United States and Iran in 1981 that dealt with the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. At the core of the agreement was the contentious issue of American embassy personnel that were being held hostage by the Iranians. The Algiers Accords largely benefited the United States and did little to appease both parties. Indeed, as the years passed by it became more and more evident that the Algiers Accords were exclusively beneficial to the United States, especially after the US neglected to uphold its parts of the agreement. The Algiers Accords was drafted by the United States, Iran, and Algeria was the intermediary between the two conflicting actors. In print the accord essentially ended all formal diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran. This was an unfortunate result which set the confrontational precedent between the two countries for the next several decades.  


    US-Iran relations
  • 2011-09-19 05:57

    A U.S. newspaper says the United States is considering trying to establish a direct military hotline with Iran in order to defuse potential confrontations between the two countries' military forces.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that one proposal would create a link between the Iranian Navy and the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is based in the Gulf island nation of Bahrain.


    The newspaper said U.S. officials are particularly concerned about a fleet of speedboats likely controlled by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, which they say has been involved in several near-altercations.


    The report says it is unclear if the hotline idea has been raised with Iran, and said the White House, Pentagon and an Iranian diplomat all declined to comment on the matter. The United States has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980.


    The Journal quoted Pentagon press secretary George Little saying the U.S. remains concerned about “Iran's destabilizing activities and ambitions.”

    Iran-US relations
  • 2011-07-26 18:55
    Iran and Indian relations are defined by the export and import of crude oil. But with the U.S. sanctions as they stand today along with the world financial instability the Indian government finds itself in debt with Iran. India currently owes the Islamic Republic 5 billion dollars, and the debt is mounting.
    The difficulty lies in the U.S. sanctions, which prohibit transactions with the use of the dollar with Iran. Thus banks are afraid of handling such transactions out of fear and the country finds itself out of options.
    Indian refineries, which import crude oil from Iran, are now stuck between a rock and a hard place as they nervously await the month of august, a month where it is still unclear whether they will be importing fuel from Iran.
    With the third week of July over, Iran has yet to signal a continuance of trade with India. Such a signal indicates that India needs to find a solution to the payment problem, or else face the consequences.
    India imports 400,000 barrels of crude from Iran a day and with such a supply cut off, the country could face disastrous results.
    There are four reasons why the crisis is especially difficult for India to find a solution.
    First is that India exports very little to Iran meanwhile importing a lot. This means that the country cannot hope to barter with Iran and hope to recoup the debt and the cost of importing crude oil with a form of goods exchange.  
    Ahmadinejad, diplomacy

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