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Sohrab Ahmari

Sohrab Ahmari

Sohrab Ahmari is senior writer at Commentary.

The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in RetreatBy Vali NasrDoubleday, 320 pages Hell hath no fury like a government staffer scorned. Every U.S. administration suffers its share...

Radical: Fighting to Put Students FirstBy Michelle Rhee, Harper, 286 pages In 2007, Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty tapped Michelle Rhee to be chancellor of district...

Every year since taking office, Barack Obama has transmitted a video message of goodwill to Iran over YouTube, hoping his earnestness, eloquence, and quotations from...

Lamenting the illiberal fruit of the Arab Spring has become a favorite pastime of the Western commentariat. A year and a half after the movement’s...

After simmering in low-intensity form for more than three decades, tensions between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the international community are reaching their boiling...

Thinking in an Emergency By Elaine Scarry W.W. Norton, 157 pages American concern about the fundamental tension between liberty and security in times of national crisis...

The Road to Fatima Gate: The Beirut Spring, the Riseof Hezbollah, and the Iranian War Against Israel By Michael J. Totten Encounter, 360 pages Modern terrorist attacks, Régis Debray...

My middle-school archnemesis in Tehran was Mr. Pourmand, a Koran teacher and fanatical devotee of Iran’s clerical regime. We often clashed over my preference for...

For days, Iranian media have been celebrating the triumphant homecoming of “kidnapped” nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri. Now we learn that his story is to be...