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Iran and the Arab Spring: Tehran's Love-Hate Relationship with People Power

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Further Reading

Peterson, Scott. 2011. Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran – A Journey Behind the Headlines.  Simon & Schuster.

This excerpt from Let the Swords Encircle Me offers an inside look into the failed Green Revolution; in particular, it comments on the movement’s surge of support for former presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Peterson, Scott. "Iran Sees Threat to Its Clout Amid Arab Spring," Christian Science Monitor. 31 May 2011.

Peterson discusses the impact that the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypy, and Libya will have on Iranian leadership.

Abdo, Geneive.  “Rooting for Khamenei,” Foreign Policy.  10 May 2011. 

Abdo examines the heightening power struggle between Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, noting that Ahmadinejad’s vision for Iran is in many ways predicated upon the marginalization of Iran’s clerics. As she concludes, the degradation of clerical authority has dangerous implications not only for the Arab world but also for the United States.

Ganji, Akbar.  2008. The Road to Democracy in Iran. MIT Press.

After emerging from a six-year prison stay in Iran, Ganji begins his quest to kindle democracy in Iran.  In this book, he offers an analysis of the Islamic Republic’s ideological orthodox and how it can be transformed into a more representative system.

Maloney, Suzanne. “Iran’s Protests and Economic Realities,” Council on Foreign Relations. 22 February 2011.

Maloney analyzes the internal economic and political pressures contributing to public upheaval in Iran.  While discontent is strong among Iranian youth, domestic outrage over international sanctions coupled with reliance on public sector jobs make it unlikely that the Iranian regime will lose its power grip anytime soon.

Milani, Abbas. "Desperate Dictatorship," The New Republic. 14 September 2011.

Abbas features Scott Peterson's book Let the Swords Encircle Me in his contemporary portrayal of the Iranian Regime.

Milani, Mohsen.  “Tehran’s Take,” Foreign Affairs. July/August 2009.

Milani defends Iran’s U.S. Policy, arguing that Tehran’s actions rationally reflect what it views as an existential threat posed by the United States


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