US Companies Are Missing Out On Billions as Iran Opens Up to International Trade


By Reese Erlich, VICE News, March 20, 2016   Chinese and European companies are scrambling to invest in Iran and bringing home multibillion-dollar deals — while US corporations, barred from doing business with a newly-opening Islamic Republic, are forced to watch as their competitors tap into a market of 80 million people.   The nuclear … Continue reading

Waiting for Trump: watching US elections in Tehran


Iranians ponder the possible implications of the US presidential election on the future of the nuclear agreement   Reese Erlich for Tehran Bureau, posted on Guardian webpage Monday 7 March 2016 07.34 EST As American hardliners scramble to see who can bash Iran harder, Iranians worry the power struggle for control of the United States … Continue reading

Iran’s President Is Betting Billions on Economic Reform


By Reese Erlich VICE News, April 19, 2016   Remember the $150 billion windfall from the nuclear deal that US hawks said Iran could use to sponsor terrorism? Turns out the Iranian government has brought back $7 billion, and most of it will be used for development projects, according to Iranian officials and economists — … Continue reading

Iran Is Scared of America’s Hardliners


Iranians have voted out opponents of the nuclear deal. But they’re still worried the United States won’t live up to its side of the bargain. By Reese Erlich Foreign Policy, March 4, 2016  TEHRAN – In the aftermath of the nuclear agreement, the debates in the United States and Iran have become a mirror image … Continue reading

Iran’s Diplomatic Dance on Syria


Tehran says it backs the Syrian cease-fire — but only if it can still hammer “terrorists” the West sees as the valid opposition to Assad. By Reese Erlich Foreign Policy, March 1, 2016 TEHRAN — As a partial cease-fire between the Syrian government and some rebel groups began Saturday, Iranian authorities expressed support for the … Continue reading

Nuclear Deal Gives Iranian Reformers Hope


The Progressive Magazine November 17, 2015   Reese Erlich   TEHRAN—Three students are standing outside the University of Tehran excitedly discussing the future of their country. Now that the United States and Iran have agreed on a nuclear accord, Iranians have high hopes for improving the economy.   “Trade will come back,” says Iman Ahdeli, … Continue reading

Who’s the Bad Guy? The View on Foreign Policy From Tehran


Vice News By Reese Erlich August 28, 2015 The motorcycle chained to the tree in front of Mansoureh Karami’s house looked like a typical fast food delivery bike. Her husband, nuclear scientist Masoud Alimohammadi, started his car, preparing for his usual drive to the University of Tehran. “The moment he closed the car door I … Continue reading

Here’s What Iranians Hope and Fear About the Future of Western Sanctions


Vice News By Reese Erlich August 13, 2015 The staff at the Dr. Sapir Hospital in Tehran know well the impact of Western sanctions on Iran. The 70-year-old charity hospital was founded by Iranian Jews but now mostly serves Muslims in a poor and working class neighborhood of the city. As recently as 2013, hospital … Continue reading

Right-wing American bloggers have a problem with facts about Iran’s Jews


GlobalPost commentary by Reese Erlich Aug 24, 2015 Two prominent right-wing websites took aim at my GlobalPost article showing that Iranian Jews support the nuclear agreement with Iran and disagree with the views of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A blogger for the “Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America,” also known as … Continue reading

Iran’s Jewish community gets behind nuclear deal with U.S.


GlobalPost and USA Today Reese Erlich August 7, 2015   TEHRAN, Iran — Tapo, one of six kosher restaurants in Tehran, has become an informal hangout for the city’s small Jewish community. During a lunchtime rush last week customers ate savory kebabs while excitedly discussing the signing of the U.S.-Iran nuclear accord. “There was lots of … Continue reading