All publications in descending chronological order:


Iranians Voted for Change. Will They Get It?” Foreign Policy, July 9, 2024.

Iran’s Election Surprise: A Reformist Victory Amid Turmoil,” International Policy Journal, July 6, 2024.

Masoud Pezeshkian’s quest to re-engage the Iranian electorate,”, June 27, 2024.

The Conservative Power Struggle Shaping Iran’s Election,” Foreign Policy, June 26, 2024.

Deep Dive: First Iranian presidential debate focuses on economy, sanctions,”, June 17, 2024.

The IAEA is readying to censure Iran. It shouldn’t,” Responsible Statecraft, June 4, 2024.

Raisi’s Funeral Has Exposed the Two Irans,” Foreign Policy, May 24, 2024.

Biden had a chance to undo Trump’s mistakes. He dropped the ball,” Responsible Statecraft, May 8, 2024.

Iran Has Defined Its Red Line With Israel,” Foreign Policy, April 18, 2024.

Israel’s Damascus airstrike was a deliberate provocation,” International Policy Journal, April 2, 2024.

Why are Iranian monarchists backing Israel over its Gaza war?” Al Jazeera English, March 9, 2024.

Iran’s New Wave of Political Conservatives Is Here,” Foreign Policy, March 7, 2024.

The Roots and Ramifications of Terrorism in Iran,” The Italian Institute for International Political Studies, February 26, 2024.

Iran Is Flexing Its Muscles—and Hurting Itself,” Foreign Policy, January 18, 2024.


How Iran Really Sees the Israel-Hamas War,” Foreign Policy, November 2, 2023.

Iran Is Doubling Down on Headscarves,” Foreign Policy, September 26, 2023.

How members of Congress can take on Iran hawks,” Responsible Statecraft, September 25, 2023.

The US-Iran Prisoner Swap: A Breakthrough or a Band-Aid?” Jacobin, August 13, 2023.

Iran’s Supreme Leader opens space for possible nuclear deal,” Responsible Statecraft, June 14, 2023.


Iran Is Conceding Much Less Than It Seems,” Foreign Policy, December 7, 2022.

Iran’s Hijab Protests Have Lit a Fire the Regime Can’t Put Out,” World Politics Review, September 26, 2022.

Will Biden allow Trump-era policy to torpedo JCPOA revival?” Amwaj Media, March 29, 2022.

Is Iran readying itself for a deal with the US?” Amwaj Media, January 18, 2022.

Iran’s 2020 attack on US base underscored maximum pressure folly,” Responsible Statecraft, January 8, 2022.


The U.S. Should Rethink Its Approach to Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal,” World Politics Review, December 14, 2021.

U.S. Policymakers Are Misreading Iran,” Foreign Policy, November 5, 2021.

America Should Help Iran Get COVID Vaccines,” Defense One, October 4, 2021.

Why Iran’s Raisi is decisively pivoting to the east,” Amwaj Media, September 28, 2021.

Diplomacy Remains the Only Viable Path to Improve Human Rights in Iran,” Newsweek, June 29, 2021.

Iran and Raisi Have a Legitimacy Crisis,” Foreign Policy, June 23, 2021.

The Islamic Republic’s Republic Is Dying,” Foreign Policy, May 27, 2021.

Mass disqualifications set the stage for Iran’s presidential election,” Responsible Statecraft, May 27, 2021.

How US and Iranian hardliners work toward shared goal of killing the nuclear deal,” Responsible Statecraft, May 17, 2021.

Iran’s Hard-Liners Are Using a TV Thriller to Undermine Their Rivals,” Foreign Policy, April 28, 2021.

Deciphering Iran’s Position on Restoring the Nuclear Deal,” Just Security, April 9, 2021.

Biden can end ‘forever wars’ only if he scraps Trump policies and pursues peace with Iran,” USA Today, March 22, 2021.

Biden Risks Playing into the Hands of Iranian Hardliners,” Just Security, February 25, 2021.

“Biden Team Must Understand Iran to Build on Nuclear Deal,” The National Interest, January 30, 2021.

“Iran’s Bewildering Own Goal on Vaccine Procurement,”  Newsweek, January 13, 2021.


“US sanctions have caused Iranians untold misery – and achieved nothing,” Middle East Eye, December 7, 2020.

“The view from Tehran on Biden’s pledge to return to the nuclear deal,” Responsible Statecraft, November 16, 2020.

“What the US election means for Iranian Americans,” Al Jazeera English, October 25, 2020.

“A Time of Crisis? Iran Weighs Response to UN Sanctions ‘Snapback,’” The National Interest, September 20, 2020.

“US pressure keeps elite infighting in Iran in check,” Al Jazeera English, August 26, 2020.

“Are the US and Iran talking behind the scenes?” Atlantic Council, August 14, 2020.

“The Beginning of the U.S.-Iran Hot War?” Informed Comment, July 27, 2020.

“Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure,” Foreign Policy, July 2, 2020.

“How John Bolton and Mike Pompeo thwarted Trump’s plan to get a deal with Iran,” Responsible Statecraft, July 1, 2020.

“Why the World Should Fear Trump’s UN Moves Against Iran,” The National Interest, June 12, 2020.

“Pressuring Iran is not the answer to the US’s Middle East woes,” Responsible Statecraft, May 8, 2020.

“Why the US should not emulate Israel’s strategy in Syria,” Responsible Statecraft, May 8, 2020.

“Coronavirus makes clear that Biden should overhaul the hardline approach Trump and some Democrats take on Iran,” Business Insider, April 28, 2020.

“Iran’s Hard-Liners Are Sitting Pretty,” Foreign Affairs, April 16, 2020.

“Iran Sanctions Are Economic Warfare, and Trump Just Vowed to Increase Them,” Truthout, January 8, 2020.


“Can Rouhani’s Tokyo Trip Spark New U.S.-Iran Talks?” Responsible Statecraft, December 19, 2019.

“Amid Fuel Protests, Iran’s Hardliners See Historic Opportunity,” Cairo Review, December 12, 2019.

“Iran is Winning the Battle for the Middle East’s Future,” Foreign Policy, October 24, 2019.

“Iran’s Supreme Leader Leaves Diplomatic Door Open,” Atlantic Council, September 27, 2019.

“Inside Iran, Human Rights Activists Are Just as Furious With Trump As Their Own Government,” Newsweek, August, 29, 2019.

“Israeli Strikes Seek To Bait Iran And Scuttle U.S.-Iran Diplomacy,” LobeLog, August 29, 2019.

“Iran’s Path to Negotiations With Trump’s America,” The National Interest, June 17, 2019.

“The Best Way to Avert War with Iran? Fire John Bolton.” Newsweek, May 13, 2019.

“Growing U.S. Pressure is Emboldening Iranian Hardliners,” The National Interest, April 23, 2019.

“The Story Of Esther And Netanyahu’s Attack On Iranian History,” LobeLog, April 15, 2019.

“A Disturbing Supreme Court Ruling in Iran,” Medium, March 12, 2019.

“Soleimani’s support boosts Zarif, isolates Iran’s hard-liners,” Al Monitor, March 1, 2019.

“The Warsaw Summit and Effective Multilateralism,” The Atlantic Council, February 14, 2019.

“Thanking Team Melli’s Carlos Queiroz,” Medium, January 29, 2019.

“Trump’s Middle East Policy is Both Immoral and Out of Date,” Newsweek, January 25, 2019.

“Beware the Foreign Regime Change Charlatans”, The American Conservative, January 24, 2019.


“Trump is reviving the 1953 coup plan against Iran. It won’t work twice,” Middle East Eye, December 13, 2018.

“Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein,” Foreign Policy, October 29, 2018.

“U.S.-Led Regime Change is not the Path,” Harvard Belfer Center, October, 11, 2018.

“Trump’s Iran Endgame Undermines Major US Security Interests,” Atlantic Council, September 17, 2018.

“Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt The Wrong People In Iran,” LobeLog, August, 10, 2018.

“Why Trump’s Iran Policy is Bound to Fail,” The National Interest, July 29, 2018.

“Trump’s Iran Policy Embodies Imperial Overstretch,” LobeLog, May 25, 2018.

“What Washington’s Iran Policy Debate Misses: the Iranian People,” Atlantic Council, May 4, 2018.

“Trump’s Foreign Policy has left the Middle East Wide Open to Russia and China–And They’re Moving in,” Newsweek, March 19, 2018. 

“Dangerous Escalation: Why Trump’s Pressure Tactics Won’t Work on Iran,” The National Interest, February 8, 2018.


“The Dangers of Challenging Iran to a Foreign Policy Fight,” The National Interest, November 12, 2017.

“Assessing U.S.–Iran Nuclear Engagement,” The Washington Quarterly, October 5, 2017, pgs. 65-95.

“The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Fate is a Litmus Test for Multipolarity,” Atlantic Council, September 19, 2017.

“As Trump Era Looms, Many Iranian-Americans Fear Losing The Gains They’ve Made,” The Huffington Post, January 19, 2017.


“Ending the Iran-Saudi Cold War,” LobeLog, September 19, 2016.

“U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran’s Distrust,” The Huffington Post, April 29, 2016.


“Marco Rubio Is Winning the Neocon Primary,” Foreign Policy in Focus, December 8, 2015. (syndicated on, and

“The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016,” Foreign Policy in Focus, June 4, 2015. (syndicated on and

“Meet The Transatlantic Network Of Hate,” ThinkProgress, March 12, 2015.

“Prominent Islamic Scholar Refutes Claims of ISIS’s Links to Islam,” ThinkProgress, March 5, 2015.

“Deciphering Iran’s Strategic Vision,” LobeLogJanuary 15, 2015.


“Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement,” Wilson Center, September 17, 2014.

“Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves,” Wilson Center, July 21, 2014.

“The Iranian Nuclear Deal and the Impact on its Neighbors,” Wilson Center, June 23, 2014.

“Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables,” Wilson Center, June 10, 2014.


“Iranian Nuclear Deal: Hardliners Despair, Pragmatists Rejoice,” Foreign Policy in Focus, November 26, 2013.

“How We Got Here: A History of Missed Opportunities with Iran,” Foreign Policy in Focus, November 7, 2013.

“Saudi Arabia’s Temper Tantrums and What They Mean for the U.S.,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 31, 2013.

“The Geo-political Reverberations of a Government Shutdown,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 16, 2013.

“Netanyahu Unfazed by Historic Diplomacy Between U.S. and Iran,” Foreign Policy in Focus, October 7, 2013.

“Iran’s Rouhani Makes His Debut on the World Stage,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 25, 2013.

“Obama Fumbles Syria Policy,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 14, 2013.

“Applying the Lebanese Template to Syria,” Foreign Policy in Focus, September 12, 2013.

“Iranian Presidential Campaigns Hit the Homestretch,” Muftah, June 12, 2013.

“Political Uniformity in Iran’s Presidential Election?” Muftah, June 1, 2013.

“In Iran, Political Rivals Register as Presidential Candidates,” Muftah, May 19, 2013.

“Meet the President Contenders in Iran’s Upcoming Election,” MuftahMay 9, 2013.

“Nuclear fishing boats and further proof that Congress is losing it on Iran,” NIAC Insight, April 22, 2013.

“No, Iran is not enriching uranium to weapons grade,” Iran Media Fact Check, March 19, 2013.

“Pew’s False Choice Survey on Iran War,” NIAC Insight, March 19, 2013.

“10 years later, is Iran replacing Iraq?” NIAC Insight, March 15, 2013.

“Almaty and Prospects for Iran Negotiations,” NIAC Insight, February 26, 2013.

“Iran and the U.S. meet on the wrestling mat in Tehran,” NIAC Insight, February 25, 2013.

“Are Google ‘doodles’ sanctioned?” NIAC Insight, February 21, 2013.

“CIA nominee: Iran-bashing good for politicians, bad for US interests,” NIAC Insight, February 14, 2013.

“Diplomats: ‘Suspension of Ending of Sanctions’ Necessary for Successful Iran Talks,” NIAC, February 11, 2013.

“New Congressional Push to PreventWar, Establish Diplomatic Envoy to Iran,” NIAC, February 11, 2013.

“Iran’s nuclear missile threat: Perceived or Real?” NIAC Insight, February 11, 2013.

“Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States?” Iran Media Fact Check, February 6, 2013.

“What Obama’s new team may mean for diplomatic progress with Iran,” NIAC insight, January 31, 2013.