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Iran is not about to collapse by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

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Iran is not about to collapse

The strength of the Islamic republic's economy and government are so understated in analyses that errors of policy could follow



Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 November 2011 14.12 GMT
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The Safir satellite-carrier rocket, carrying Iran's Omid 2 satellite, is launched in 2009. Iran plans to send astronauts into space by 2019. Photograph: Fars News/Reuters


There are two central narratives that presume the Iranian state is likely to collapse under the pressure of sanctions and/or threats of war. In my opinion, both are flawed.

The first maintains that Iran is running out of money and that its economy is teetering on the brink. This has been repeatedly presented as an argument in support of sanctions or as an example of the incompetence of the Iranian state.

But that narrative does not correspond to the facts. The World Bank set the economic growth of Iran at 3.0% in 2010, and the IMF says nominal GDP grew from $330.5bn…

Soft Power Revolutions in the Arab world By Dr Haytham Mouzahem

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Soft Power Revolutions in the Arab world: Towards the Deconstruction of Dictatorships and Fundamentalisms
Haytham Ahmad Mouzahem
21/11/2011


Book Title: Soft Power Revolutions in the Arab world: the Deconstruction of Dictatorships and Fundamentalisms

Author: Ali Harb

Publisher: Al-Dar Al Arabiya Liloloum Publishers - Beirut

1st Edition - 2011



The revolutions being witnessed by several Arab countries have prompted the Lebanese philosopher
and writer Ali Harb to examine them and to "deconstruct dictatorships and fundamentalisms"; the book is a collection of articles covering these revolutions.

Harb says that he did not originally intend to publish this booklet on the ongoing revolutions in several Arab arenas. The disparate articles contained in the book represent readings, from multiple angles and perspectives, of the escalating …