keywords: Shahram Akbarzadeh

  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Shahram Akbarzadeh

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 17 May 2007

    Associate Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh researches the politics of Central Asia and the Middle East, political Islam, and US relations with the Muslim world. He is Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Post-sanctions Iran will be force for stability

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 24 July 2015
    2 Comments

    Iran’s nuclear deal with the UN represents a major breakthrough that could lead to more peace and stability in the region, despite what the critics say. Its policy towards Islamic State is actually much closer to that of the US and the UK than any other country in the region. Convergence of interest against this common enemy could open other doors of dialogue with the West and start a relationship that is no longer hostage to the nuclear issue.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    'Friendless' Iran loves a fight

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 10 November 2011
    2 Comments

    Iran's Islamic regime has been showing signs of fatigue. But threats of sanctions and military action by the international community, prompted by reports that Iran has been designing nuclear weapons, could be its saviour. The regime thrives on this kind of tension.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sects and power in the Arab revolution

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 07 September 2011
    4 Comments

    The unfolding events in the Arab world are not simply about finding a path to democracy and political openness, but a maze of sectarian tensions and regional power-plays. There is widespread consensus that the opening up of the political space will benefit Islamist forces.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quitting Afghanistan cold turkey

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 25 May 2011
    7 Comments

    President Obama appears to have given in to domestic pressure for prompt withdrawal from Afghanistan. But a complete withdrawal could have major ramifications for the region and ultimately for US interests.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kevin Rudd's Iran problem

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 24 February 2010
    8 Comments

    Australia is committed to nuclear non-proliferation, and the 'Iran problem' offers a chance for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to its ally, the US. This is tricky as Rudd came to office on a wave of anti-war backlash against Australia's commitment to the Iraq war.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why people power won't reform Iran

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 23 June 2009
    3 Comments

    The disappointment of Iran's youths at the obviously rigged election results is now being played out in the streets in open defiance of the regime. Unfortunately the Islamic regime is in no mood to compromise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Israel historian's two-state backflip

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 12 June 2009
    3 Comments

    Benny Morris' earlier concern with the Palestinian national narrative has given way to an overarching concern with the promotion of the Jewishness of Israel. This comes at the expense of Palestinian national aspirations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How the world is failing the Palestinians

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 19 January 2009
    11 Comments

    Despite its offer of a ceasefire, it is doubtful that Israel has achieved its objectives in the Gaza Strip. The popular grievances that propelled Hamas onto the political stage in 2006 will continue to sustain it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fathoming the Iraqi quagmire

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 25 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Muqtada al-Sadr's rhetoric against US occupation and the establishment of an armed militia saw him cast as a firebrand and rogue cleric in international media. This book contextualises his rapid rise to authority in post-Saddam Iraq.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Travelogue of Indonesian Islam

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 13 June 2008

    Earlier this month, Islamic zealots the Defenders of Islam attacked a Muslim sect they accuse of apostasy. In My Friend the Fanatic Sadanand Dhume falls on his strength of constructing narratives to explore the rise of radicalism in Indonesia.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Talking to the enemy

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 04 June 2008
    8 Comments

    Jimmy Carter's meeting with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Masha'al contradicted US policy of not negotiating with terrorists. Hamas carries a popular mandate to establish Palestine as a sovereign state. Peace is not going to reign in Palestine or Israel if Hamas is excluded from negotiations.

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