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【A. Nader|Iran Election】Rouhani’s Win in Iran Could be Reason for Optimism

There is reason to be optimistic about Hassan Rouhani’s win. He is calm, pragmatic, and more reasonable than most Iranian politicians on the scene. His presidency may provide […]


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【 Alireza Nader|Iran Election】Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election: Its Meaning and Implications

Khamenei Wants to Keep the Status Quo Ayatollah Khamenei is concerned with the election’s legitimacy, but his goal above all else is to ensure a stable election that produces […]


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【透視】Iran: A Rough Year in 2013

For Iran, 2013 could be one of the most challenging years—both at home and in relations with the outside world—since the 1979 revolution. The Islamic Republic faces the potential o […]


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By Alireza Nader

Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and the lead co-author of Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran (2011). His research has focused on Iran's political dynamics, elite decisionmaking, and Iranian foreign policy. His other RAND publications include Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry;The Next Supreme Leader: Succession in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Saudi-Iranian Relations Since the Fall of Saddam: Rivalry, Cooperation, and Implications for U.S. Policy; The Rise of the Pasdaran: Assessing the Domestic Roles of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps; and Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads: An Exploration of Iranian Leadership Dynamics. His commentaries and articles have appeared in a variety of publications and he is widely cited by the U.S. and international media. Prior to joining RAND, Nader served as a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses. He is a native speaker of Farsi. Nader received his M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University.

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