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Iran: The Change that Matters Is Happening Already

Iran: The Change that Matters Is Happening Already

By Sanam Naraghi Anderlini and Sina Azodi
The change in the Iranian political sphere is prompted by the dynamic transformation of its social and cultural space since 1979. One of the best indicators of this transformation is the status of women, who have been key players all along.

Preventing Violent Extremism through Peacebuilding: Current Perspectives from the Field

Preventing Violent Extremism through Peacebuilding: Current Perspectives from the Field

By Melinda Holmes
The fields of peacebuilding and development are increasingly contending with violent extremism and the question of how to engage with the practical and policy implications of efforts to prevent it. The 2017 Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development took on this question with a session devoted to ‘Preventing Violent Extremism through Peacebuilding.’

Sisi’s Failing Fight

Sisi’s Failing Fight

By Rana Allam
On Friday, 28 Coptic Christians, including many children, were gunned down while on their way to a monastery near the Upper Egyptian city of Minya.

Rouhani’s Unlikely Supporters

Rouhani’s Unlikely Supporters

By Sussan Tahmasebi
According to the polls, incumbent Hassan Rouhani is the frontrunner in Iran’s upcoming presidential elections, which will be held on May 19.

Women and the Iranian Elections

Women and the Iranian Elections

By Sussan Tahmasebi​
Sussan breaks down what Iran’s upcoming elections could mean for women’s rights in the country, and finds hope in the efforts of women civil society activists.

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