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Alireza Raisi

Why Domestic Politics Still Matter in Iran’s Nuclear Policymaking

[Image of campaign posters in Iran. Image by Beshef/Flickr.]

The first round of nuclear talks in Kazakhstan raised optimism on the prospect of reaching a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear crisis. Sanctions are crushing Iran’s economy. Meanwhile, the turmoil in its ally Syria and the rise of Sunni Islamism in the Middle East is undermining Iran’s strategic position. The overall regional and domestic situation appears to have forced Iran to revise its nuclear approach. Therefore, not surprisingly, Iran started the first round of ...

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Alireza Raisi is a PhD candidate at Kent State University department of political science. His research areas include comparative politics, public policy, and foreign policy analysis. You can email him at: