The Strength of U.S. Soft Power

Below are photographs of three two-year old girls.  I combined them into one slide and shared them at the conclusion of a lecture I delivered on March 14, 2017 titled “A New Perspective on the 2015 Refugee Crises: The German Response.”               In the photograph on the left, I […]

Where Is Putin? The Escalating U.S.-Iran Relations and the Russian-Iranian Tango

While the “Leader of the Free World” (the United States) is dealing with allegations of Russia’s meddling into the U.S. 2016 presidential elections and with possible Trump-Russia connections, the self-proclaimed “Leader of the Muslim World” (Iran) is cozying up with U.S.’s foremost global competitor Russia, which is itself seeking political, economic, and military hegemony. In […]

The Power of the Other

“The Power of the Other”: My interview with Fr. Vazken Movsesian from In His Shoes Ministry on March 30, 2017, regarding refugees, faith and Christian duties. This refugee talk is about the story of human struggle – human being who is in pursuit of future, hope and life. It is also the story of the […]

The Declining Power of Iran’s Moderate President Rouhani: The Ultimate Clash Between Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Rouhani Over JCPOA and Iran’s Economy

Based on Analysis of Khamenei’s March 20, 2017, Nawruz Message Strong admonishments of President Rouhani are clearly heard in Ayatollah Khamenei’s March 20, 2017, pre-recorded televised Nawruz, or the Persian New Year message. The 2015 nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the […]

The Life of Malcolm X According to Khamenei

On February 21, 2017, President Trump visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture to honor Black History Month. In his statements after his tour, he pledged to unite the severely divided United States, stating: Today and every day of my presidency I pledge to do everything I can to continue that promise […]

How to Understand Khamenei’s Speech at the Sixth International Conference on Palestinian Intifada

The conference took place in Tehran, Iran on February 20–21, 2017. Nearly 80 delegations from around the world and 700 foreign guests and representatives of the pro-Palestinian organizations attended the conference. In addition to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani were among senior […]

Book Presentation at Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient für gegenwartsbezogene Forschung und Dokumentation (DAVO)

22nd Joint International Conference of DAVO (German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, September 24-26, 2015    Theme of the Conference: “The Middle East and the Islamic World in the Mirror of Humanities and Social Sciences”    Session on “Towards Critical Iranian Studies: New Perspectives on Post-Revolutionary Iran” […]