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Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, 21 August 2014 (photo: Reuters)

Iraqi crisis


The expected death of a nation

Iraq has always been an artificial country, an entity created and beset by outside influences. However, Iraq is not currently being threatened by outside influences alone; discord is now flourishing within the country itself – with devastating consequences. A commentary by Rudolph ChimelliMore

Iranian President Hassan Rohani at the University of Tehran (photo: ISNA)

Domestic Political Reforms in Iran

The Door to Freedom Remains Shut

Iran's conservatives – whose representatives were defeated by Hassan Rouhani in the presidential election earlier this year – have maintained their grip on power in important areas of state such as the judiciary, the armed forces, the Revolutionary Guard and the security forces. Because the liberal Rouhani does not want to wage war on two fronts, it is inevitable that he will disappoint his supporters. A commentary by Rudolph ChimelliMore

An Iranian woman passes in front of mural-covered wall full of paintings of U.S. Statue of Liberty painted on the wall of the old U.S Embassy in Tehran, Iran (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

US-Iranian Relations at the Crossroads

Don't Miss the Chance

There is no traditional enmity between the US and Iran – at least not among ordinary people. Entrenched hostility at government level is largely due to historical errors. Iran's new President Hassan Rohani appears to be intent on learning from these mistakes. Commentary by Rudolph ChimelliMore

An Iranian woman flashes the sign for victory as she holds a portrait of Hassan Rouhani during celebrations after he won the Islamic Republic's presidential elections in Tehran on 15 June 2013 (photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)

Hassan Rouhani is Iran's New President

Hope for Reform

Iran's future president was the only candidate to promise change for the better. Although he is not an opponent of the system, his election nevertheless heralds a new chapter in the history of the Islamic Republic. Commentary by Rudolph ChimelliMore

Radical Salafis protesting in Solingen, Germany on 1 May 2012 (photo: dpa)

Salafi Muslims

Doctrinaire Severity

Despite their doctrinaire severity, Salafi Muslims have never developed a coherent system of beliefs nor sustainable organizational structures. They have always been a divided community. Rudolph Chimelli provides background informationMore

Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (photo:

Power Struggle in Iran

The Might of Oil

The conflict between Iran's spiritual leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is all about control of oil revenues. By Rudolph ChimelliMore

Bashar al-Assad during his speech in front of parliament on March 30 (photo: picture alliance/landov)

Protests in Syria


In the Clutches of the Assad Clan

The Assad clan rules Syria with no restrictions. And now the anti-reformist hardliners have apparently gained the upper hand in the family assembly. They include Maher al-Assad, the brother of the President, feared for his acts of brutality against members of the opposition. By Rudolph ChimelliMore