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

In Tehran’s bustling markets, high hopes for sanctions relief may not live up to the reality


Foreign Policy By Reese Erlich August 13, 2015 TEHRAN — Thousands of shoppers wend their way deep into Tehran’s bazaar, the ancient Persian answer to the shopping mall. Among the wealthy rug merchants and housewives bargaining for clothes, the main topic of conversation is the recent nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers, … Continue reading

In Iran, ‘death to America’ doesn’t mean what you think it means


GlobalPost and USA Today by Reese Erlich on Aug 17, 2015 TEHRAN, Iran — At Friday prayers and political rallies, hardline Iranians continue to shout “death to America,” as they have for decades. That chant is cited by conservative US politicians as proof that Iran remains hostile to the US and can’t be trusted to … Continue reading

Why Iranian youth are endorsing the nuclear agreement


GlobalPost and GroundTruth Reese Erlich Sept 8, 2015 TEHRAN, Iran — Medical students hang out in front of the University of Tehran one stifling summer day, chatting and checking their smartphones. Asked about the nuclear agreement that had recently been signed in Vienna, they quickly offer opinions about a deal that could dramatically shape their … Continue reading

Algiers Accords bind US to non-interference in Iran — and are always forgotten


The Accords are a legally binding agreement quite famous in Iran and virtually unknown in the US. Reese Erlich GlobalPost, July 26, 2013 TEHRAN — Hassan Rouhani spoke about the Algiers Accords in his first press conference as president elect, a reference that might puzzle most Americans. The Accords are a legally binding agreement quite … Continue reading