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Shahir ShahidSaless @ShahirShahidSaless

Shahir ShahidSaless is a political analyst and freelance journalist. He is the co-author of the newly published book entitled "Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace."

Will a nuclear deal expand freedoms of press and speech in Iran?

Since the inception of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1978, Tehran has perceived “regime change” in Iran as the US establishment's ultimate aim. Iran's strong mistrust of the US has roots in two factors. Firstly, as the Iranian sociologist Ahmad Ashraf maintains, Iranian culture, in all walks of li ... Continue reading »

New politics behind Russia’s supply of S-300 missile system to Iran

On 13 April, Russian President Vladimir Putin, signed a decree to lift the ban on the S-300 air-defence missile system to Iran. Tass, the Russian news agency, reported that the decree was effective immediately. The S-300, one of the most advanced anti-aircraft missile systems in the world, has a rep ... Continue reading »

Why didn't Ayatollah Khamenei support the Lausanne framework deal?

On the morning of 2 April, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was the first to inform the world of an Iran nuclear framework agreement, tweeting, “Found solutions. Ready to start drafting immediately.” Several minutes later, a joint statement was read at a press conference in Lausanne, Swi ... Continue reading »

Differences emerge in US, Iran interpretations of nuclear deal

  After eight days and nights of intense negotiations, on April 2 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign and security policy chief, presented a joint statement on behalf of Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five members of the UN Security Counci ... Continue reading »

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