Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri was the executive editor-in-chief of the daily Kayhan in Iran from 1972 to 1979. He has worked at or written for innumerable publications, published eleven books, and has been a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat since 1987. Mr. Taheri has won several prizes for his journalism, and in 2012 was named International Journalist of the Year by the British Society of Editors and the Foreign Press Association in the annual British Media Awards.

Iran’s schizophrenia heats up the debate

As the leadership in Tehran prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, a growing number of Iranians are wondering whether the time has come for their country to close that......

The growing poverty of political debate

As the year 2018 draws to a close, what are the trends that it highlighted in political life? The first trend represents a growing global disaffection with international organizations to the benefit......

Why Trump can’t be airbrushed out of the picture

As the American political elite head for Christmas holidays, the buzz in Washington circles is that 2019 will start with fresh attempts at curtailing the Trump presidency or, failing that, preventing......

Yellow vests: The canary in the French mine

Normally, this time of the year, the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris has a festive air with Christmas decorations and happy shoppers looking for last minute presents.This season, however, what the......

The contortionist who would bend but not break

Visitors to the United States these days are struck by the bitterness, not to say hatred, that pervades the nation’s political debate. From the ringside, American politics resembles a giant pool......

Reading Montesquieu in Tehran

Although the recent visit to Tehran by Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt did not produce the result he had hoped for, it may have helped him get a better understanding of how things......

Afghan elections: Good news amid pessimism

The latest general election in Afghanistan has provided a new occasion for pundits and experts, once again, to label the country as a lost cause and invite the major powers still involved there to get......

Iran: Between braggadocio and suicidal action

Getting ready for what they think will be the regime’s biggest challenge yet, the leadership in Tehran is looking to Iran’s near or far neighbors to help beat new sanctions being prepared......