January 14, 2014

Can Rouhani Reverse Iran's Brain Drain?

Bijan Khajehpour, Al Monitor

The Associated Press

Brain drain has been a negative socioeconomic phenomenon in Iran for decades. It causes a loss of valuable human resources and constrains the country’s economic development. The emigration of educated Iranians has gone through different phases in post-revolutionary Iran. Even prior to the 1979 revolution, the main reason for leaving Iran was to secure a higher educational degree. However, the fact is that in post-revolutionary decades a growing number of such students never returned to the country. In the immediate aftermath of the revolution, arbitrary legal cases, confiscations, discrimination and other sources of tension compelled many Iranians to leave the country. Later, the Iran-Iraq war became the main reason for a large wave of emigration. In the post-war era, a...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Hassan Rouhani, Iran


January 9, 2014
What Iran Wants in 2014
Hassan Rouhani, Project Syndicate
When I campaigned to become President of Iran, I promised to balance realism and the pursuit of the Islamic Republic’s ideals – and won Iranian voters’ support by a large margin. By virtue of the popular mandate... more ››
January 14, 2014
Rowhani Spikes the Ball in Obama's Face
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary
While the president is bending over backward trying to avoid giving offense to his diplomatic dance partners, the Iranians have a very different mindset. Rather than displaying the skittish fear of blowing up the talks the... more ››
January 1, 2014
Hopes Fade for Iran's Jailed Reformers
The Economist
FIVE months into Hassan Rohani’s presidency, many Iranians agree that things are looking brighter. But for two men in Tehran, hopes are dimming. Mir-Hossein Mousavi (pictured right) and Mehdi Karroubi (pictured left), the... more ››
January 3, 2014
International Investors Flock to Tehran
Susanne Koelbl, Der Spiegel
Since the West reached a landmark deal with Iran on its controversial nuclear program late last year, many Iranians are hoping for an end to sanctions. Western companies are also gearing up do big business. more ››
Netanyahu is dead wrong in not understanding that the road to dealing with Tehran goes through Ramallah, and that time is running out not only for halting Iran’s nuclear weapons program but also for resolving the... more ››