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About Sanam Vakil

Sanam Vakil is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. She is the author of Women and Politics in Iran: Action and Reaction (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Articles by Sanam Vakil

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Iran’s nuclear programme and the battle of the oligarchies

A contest of domestic elites with differing interests and strategic visions is a crucial, neglected element pervading Tehran's nuclear diplomacy.

Iran, women in the frame

Iranian women have played an active role in social and educational life since the revolution of 1979. There are now signs of a conservative backlash against their presence, says Sanam Vakil.

Iran's women: a movement in transition

The women’s movement for gender equality in Iran has for thirty years been at the heart of wider political struggles in the Islamic Republic. Sanam Vakil tracks three major phases in its development and identifies the ingredients of a fourth.

Iran: a phantom victory

The Iranian state has won a round in the battle against the opposition "green movement". But the war of survival continues, says Sanam Vakil.

Iran’s election and Iran’s system

The anticipation of a vital presidential vote in Iran creates an expectation of change that political conditions may not satisfy, say Sanam Vakil & David Hayes.

Iran’s political shadow war

Tehran's factional disputes are rooted in the very character of the Iranian regime. They ensnare even its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But this can also mean that these figures' political resilience in face of criticism can be underestimated, says Sanam Vakil.

Iran’s political shadow war

Tehran's factional disputes and high-level criticism of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can mislead: the president is on course for another term in office in 2009, says Sanam Vakil.

The Iran-American dialogue: enemies within

The repair of a generation of hostility needs work within as well as between Washington and Tehran, says Sanam Vakil.

Iran's hostage politics

Iran’s seizure of British military personnel in the contested waters of the Persian Gulf is an instrument both of domestic pressure-politics and foreign-policy leverage, says Sanam Vakil.

Iran's nuclear gamble

Tehran’s nuclear programme, regional profile and economic woes have put its regime in a corner. Sanam Vakil suggests a way out.
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