Report: Prospects for Iran

Prospects for Iran

Jonathan  S. Paris

London: Legatum Institute (UK), 2011

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Domestic Considerations

Chapter 2: Nuclear File

Chapter 3: Regional Snapshots

About the author:

Jonathan S. Paris is a London-based security specialist and Non-resident Senior Fellow with

the Atlantic Council of the United States South Asia Center. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at

the Legatum Institute and an Associate Fellow with the International Centre for the Study of

Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. In 2010, he authored the Legatum Institute’s

Prospects for Pakistan Report.


Before moving to London in 2001, he was a Middle East Fellow at the Council on

Foreign Relations in New York from 1995-2000, where he worked on the four MENA

Economic Summits and the Middle East peace process, and was deputy to Paul A. Volcker,

former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman, at the Council’s Middle East Economic Strategy

Group. Jonathan also co-edited the first book on Indonesia’s democratic transition, The

Politics of Post-Suharto Indonesia (Brookings/CFR 1999). A Senior Associate Member at St.

Antony’s College, Oxford from 2004-2005, he is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford

Law School.


Lord Owen Report on British Policy on Iran 1974-1978

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released the previously confidently Owen Report on British Policy on Iran 1974-1978.

This report covers the fall of the Shah and the rise of the Islamic Republic.

From the description:

The Islamic Revolution in Iran represented a seismic shift in the internal and geopolitical orientation of a formerly close ally of the United Kingdom.

This document, now released for the first time, was commissioned in 1979 by the then Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon David (now Lord) Owen, in order to enable a detailed examination of the context of the events leading to the Revolution, and for the FCO to identify any lessons that might be learned from the UK’s reactions to, and analysis of, the events concerned.

The intention, as mentioned by the then Permanent Under-Secretary in his foreword, was not to apportion blame for the fact that the FCO, in common with others, failed to predict the Islamic Revolution. Rather, the intention was to “examine where, if anywhere, we had gone wrong and how we could do better in the future”. In this context Chapter XI, “Conclusion: Lessons for the FCO”, is of particular interest.

As a whole, this document shows the value of analysis and historical perspective in formulating policy not just with regard to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but to other countries and regions which remain of vital interest to the UK.

It is important to bear in mind that this is a historical document and does not necessarily reflect the views of the current UK government. It has been released for publication on the web following the FCO’s standard clearance procedures.


Iran Law Portal from Pars Times

Pars Times, an Iranian news and information portal, has a page dedicated to legal resorces. It includes links to specific statutes, the constitution, government institutions, bar associations, law faculties, and human rights resources.

Iran Law Portal