Iran In Brief

Archive: August 2012

Iran’s heading of the Non-Aligned Movement: Lead up to more confrontation?

August 29, 2012

By Andrew Ortendahl and Andrea Stricker

Iran recently took over leadership of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), a 120-nation consortium of developing countries, for a period of three years.  Iran is now hosting the group’s 16th Summit in Tehran where member states are gathered to discuss issues of mutual importance.  However, it is disappointing given Iran’s intransigence… Read More ›

Support the Reformist Call for a National Referendum over Iran’s Nuclear Program:

August 20, 2012

An Economically Misguided Nuclear Program is Not Worth the Suffering

By Lyle Bacaltos and Andrea Stricker


On July 10, 2012 Abdollah Nouri, an Iranian reformist politician and cleric, proposed that Iran hold a national referendum that would give the Iranian people the power to decide the future of Iran’s nuclear program. 1 He argued that recent economic… Read More ›

Potential Change in Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa?

August 2, 2012

By Lyle Bacaltos

An official Iranian statement released on August 9, 2005 at a meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa forbidding the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons. Recent news reports have raised the question whether the fatwa has changed. Based on research on news stories and commentary… Read More ›