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Everyone is happy with the interim agreement reached with Iran in Geneva on November 23 -- that is, everyone who really wants to defuse the tensions over Iran’s nuclear research program.
For background on the 2013 Iranian election, see Kevan Harris, “An ‘Electoral Uprising’ in Iran,” Middle East Report Online, July 19, 2013.
For deep background on Iranian politics in the Ahmadinejad years, see Kaveh Ehsani, “Survival Through Dispossession: Privatization of Public Goods in the Islamic Republic,” Middle East Report 250 (Spring 2009) and “The Populist Threat to Democracy,” Middle East Report 241 (Winter 2006).
For more on the Iranian nuclear file, see Asli Bali, “International Law and the Iran Impasse,” Middle East Report Online, December 16, 2012 and “The US and the Iranian Nuclear Impasse,” Middle East Report 241 (Winter 2006). See also Farideh Farhi, “Ahmadinejad’s Nuclear Folly,” Middle East Report 252 (Fall 2009) and “Narrowing the Options on the Table,” Middle East Report Online, December 8, 2011.
For an early take on Iran’s potential role in Syria talks, see Asli Bali and Aziz Rana, “To Save Syria, Work with Russia and Iran,” CNN.com, August 15, 2012.
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