Are we witnessing a pro-regime coup in Iran? What should the world do in response? How will the election aftermath affect Iran's projection of power into the Middle East?

Posted by David Ignatius on June 15, 2009 5:30 PM


Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

America: Stay Out of Iran's Moment

Arabs will watch closely for America's response to Iran, given the long history of American intervention there.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 17 COMMENTS
Jun 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM
Yossi Melman is a senior commentator for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He specializes in intelligence, security, terrorism and strategic issues. An author of seven books on these topics, his most recent book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran was published recently by Carroll & Graf.

Cries for Freedom, Cries for Bread

Iran's future direction depends on whether middle-class protesters can convince working-class Iranians to stand with them.

Posted by Yossi Melman Tel Aviv, Israel | 7 COMMENTS
Jun 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

Side With the People Of Iran

The choice between the people and the mullahs should be an easy one for President Barack Obama; he should leave no doubt that he supports Iran's Green Revolution as a step toward fulfilling the will of the Iranian people.

Posted by Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 7 COMMENTS
Jun 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is

Iran Demonstrations A Good Omen for World Change

The genie of free expression is out of the bottle, and will unlikely be returned no matter who is eventually accepted as the victor.

Posted by Daoud Kuttab Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan | 5 COMMENTS
Jun 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Foreign Media Is to Blame

This is not a replay of the 1953 coup or the 1979 Revolution, and the elusive recycling of a few morally compromised politicians is silly and futile.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 23 COMMENTS
Jun 16, 2009 at 8:26 AM
Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

Oppose the Ruling Clique

We're probably looking at a gigantic electoral fraud committed in Iran, but that's not the core of the problem.

Posted by Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 4 COMMENTS
Jun 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

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