Iran’s Shadow Diplomacy: The Unveiling of the Iran Experts Initiative

Iran’s Shadow Diplomacy: The Unveiling of the Iran Experts Initiative

Leaked emails have revealed the Iran Experts Initiative (IEI), a covert network designed by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s diplomatic unit. Initiated in 2014, the IEI aimed to enhance Iran’s global sway by infiltrating think tanks. These leaks spotlight connections between Iranian experts and the Biden administration, extending the IEI’s influence even to European think…

The Illusion of Choice: Islamic Republic’s Presidential Elections

The Illusion of Choice: Islamic Republic’s Presidential Elections

After the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, the Islamic Republic of Iran announced new presidential elections. The Guardian Council, a key body loyal to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, rigorously vetted and excluded candidates, ensuring only regime-approved individuals could run. The superficial conservative versus reformist narrative highlights that approved candidates, including the so-called…

Iran and the Reality on Its Ground

Iran and the Reality on Its Ground

The discourse on overthrowing Iran’s Islamic Republic often centers on forming a broad opposition coalition, but this overlooks the complexity of Iran’s political landscape since 1979. Advocating for a nuanced approach rooted in historical analysis and Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi’s visionary leadership, it suggests that past unity against the Shah is flawed and emphasizes Prince…

The Hijab in Iran: The Islamic Republic’s Berlin Wall?

The Hijab in Iran: The Islamic Republic’s Berlin Wall?

Following Mahsa Jina Amini’s death, a national movement against the Islamic Republic regime in Iran, advocating for a secular, free Iran has noticeably intensified. The symbolism for this uprising, particularly the rejection of the hijab, and the potential for unified opposition led by Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi towards establishing a pluralistic secular democracy, are explored….

The Return to a Secular Future in Iran

The Return to a Secular Future in Iran

“The Woman, Life, Freedom” movement reflects Iran’s enduring struggle for secular democracy, echoing through its history from the liberal reign of Cyrus the Great to the present challenges under Islamic rule. Highlighting the Pahlavi dynasty’s secular reforms, particularly in advancing women’s rights and abolishing the compulsory veil, the narrative underscores the ongoing conflict between modernity…

Fostering Academic Research and Dialogue in Support of the Iranian Freedom Movement

Fostering Academic Research and Dialogue in Support of the Iranian Freedom Movement

Cyrus the Great Institute was established with the vision of bridging a gap between academic research and activism within the Iranian diaspora. Our primary focus is to provide an academic platform that fosters understanding, dialogue, and research about political activism related to Iranian politics, culture, history, and contemporary challenges. From our inception, we have been…

The Moral Contradictions of Iran’s Islamic Regime

The Moral Contradictions of Iran’s Islamic Regime

Recent scandals in Iran’s province of Gilan have exposed a deep-seated hypocrisy within the Islamic regime, revealing a contradiction between public moral posturing and private conduct. High-ranking officials have been caught in explicit acts, leading to public outrage. These scandals are not isolated incidents but reflect a systemic failure to uphold Islamic laws and moral…