What will Iran do now?


Foreign Correspondent Column May 21, 2018 Foad Izadi, an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, predicts that President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear accord will have sobering consequences. “If the Europeans are not able or not willing to oppose Trump,” Izadi told me in an … Continue reading

Reese interview in American Herald Tribune


Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the American withdrawal of the Iranian nuclear agreement? Reese Erlich: The US has been violating the agreement for some time by pressuring other countries not to do business with Iran. It started under Obama and intensified under Trump. Trump’s decision to reimpose harsh sanctions sends a message around … Continue reading

The Truth About Iran


What really happened earlier this year when young workers rebelled in Iran? by Reese Erlich The Progressive – April 1, 2018 Whenever I’m in Tehran, I like to visit Friday prayers. The weekly event, which can draw 10,000 or more people, attracts deeply religious Iranians who often support hardline policies. And on my most recent … Continue reading

Even an Ayatollah has a hard time convincing Iranians to stop smoking


Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco   The Islamic Republic’s anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government’s shaky control over its population.  By Reese Erlich | January 29, 2018, 1:39 PM Foreign Policy TEHRAN — Ayatollah Sayed Hassan Moin Shirazi entered the room wearing a clerical brown robe and a black turban, … Continue reading

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