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Selected Work

An incomplete archive of my articles and media appearances.

After Nuclear Deal, Will Iran’s Rouhani Deliver on Reforms?

The Nuclear Deal Was A Win for Rouhani. But Iranians Have High Expectations.

Changing Iran
Q&A with Professor Ervand Abrahamian
(A censored version of my article made it all the way to a major reformist newspaper in Iran)

Video: Hashtag VOA — Discussing the historic final deal on Iran’s nuclear progam

High Hopes in Iran as Nuclear Talks Head Into Final Round
Iranians are keeping a close eye on the nuclear talks in Vienna; their futures depend on the outcome.

Debating U.S. Foreign Policy: Where are the Women?
Are women absent or overshadowed in national security debates?

Iranians Keep Hope Alive for Final Nuclear Deal
In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program—in a crucial phase this week—are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future.

ISIS Complicates Iran’s Nuclear Focus at UNGA
Iran’s foreign minister arrived in New York last week with his sights set on a final deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. But a pressing regional conflict is hanging heavily over the already strained negotiations as Iran and world powers resume talks on the sidelines of this week’s U.N. General Assembly.

Arrest of “Happy” Iranians Highlights Rouhani’s Domestic Battles

Tough Road in Vienna to Iran Nuclear Deal
Iran and world powers will resume negotiating a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program Tuesday in Vienna while experts warn the hardest work is about to begin.

U.S. Apache Delivery Highlights Mixed Messaging on Egypt
The April 22 announcement by the Pentagon that 10 apache helicopters will now be delivered despite agreement by major rights groups that the Egyptian government has, if anything, increased its repression in the intervening six months is being met with concern.

“Act of Killing” Director Hopes U.S. Will Admit Genocide Role
Featuring an exclusive interview with the oscar-nominated directer, Joshua Oppenheimer

Video: AJ’s Listening Post — Iran: A Nuclear Narrative
Guest commentator on the Western media’s reporting on Iran since the election of President Hassan Rouhani.

Scuppered Iran Deal Faces Scrutiny in U.S. Congress
The anticipated agreement over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme that seemed to slip away in the last stage of talks in Geneva last week is now being hotly debated on Capitol Hill.

Iran’s Zarif Talks Possible Details on Nuclear Deal
Featuring an exclusive interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Exclusive: Iran Open to Additional Protocol As Part of Endgame
Featuring an interview with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi

Syria Crisis Yet to Derail Iran Nuclear Talks
Even with potential U.S. strikes against Iranian ally Syria looming, Washington and Tehran appear to be preparing for the resumption of nuclear talks.

Iran’s New President Puts Obama in a Quandary

No Justice for Tortured Bahraini Journalist
In May 2011, almost a year and half after a Tunisian street vendor’s self-immolation sparked waves of revolution still rocking the Middle East, Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed was tortured during her 13-hour detention before signing a confession she was not allowed to read.

White House Letter Fuels U.S. Involvement in Syria Debate
A White House letter to Congressional leaders suggesting chemical weapons use by the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad has reignited debate about direct U.S. military involvement in the war-torn country.

Ahead of March Iran Talks, U.S. Urged to Back Possible Israeli Strike
In the same week that talks between Iran and the P5+1 concluded in Kazakhstan with rare positive Iranian feedback, a joint resolution declaring U.S. support for Israel in the event of an Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear programme was brought before Congress.

Questions Linger as U.S. Cedes Detention Power in Afghanistan
Continued tensions over U.S. detention power in Afghanistan are highlighting issues related to the country’s sovereignty

Iran Diplomacy Runs into Sanctions-Happy U.S. Congress
Report on Congress’s push for more sanctions on Iran ahead of the August 2012 recess

Shared Interests in Afghanistan Could Break U.S.-Iran Impasse
Report on the policy recommendations of an influential Washington-based national security think tank

Runner — Guernica Magazine
Interview with Salah Ameidan, a professional athlete and activist from the Western Sahara