The Shadow Commander

A 2013 profile of Iranian military and political operative Qassem Suleimani, of renewed relevance in the context of the current tensions between Iran and the United States. Suleimani was recently described as “Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master” in Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers 2019 series.

A Journey into the Wild, Complex and Unique World of Football in Iran

As is so often the case with sport, this piece on football in Iran contains numerous insights about society and politics, as women fight to be allowed to to attend matches, players face sanctions for making political statements, and the game is buffeted by revolution and regime change. Amidst all this, the passion of the fans is as intense as anywhere else in the world.