Iason Athanasiadis

Iason Athanasiadis studied for an M.A. in Contemporary Iranian Studies at Tehran's School of International Relations and is currently a 2007–2008 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He spent 10 years covering the Middle East for many newspapers including the Asia Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.

Recent Articles

Studying the Islamic Republic from the Inside

For just two years, a groundbreaking masters program provided a handful of foreigners with a rare insider's glimpse into Iran. Until it became a victim of Ahmadinejad's neo-isolationism.

TEHRAN -- The heat of a summer noon blankets the Iranian capital, but inside the classroom of the Institute for North American and European Studies an Iranian professor energetically explains to his mixed-sex class the concept of preventive war and how it applies to the Bush administration.

The Trouble with Helping Iran's Dissidents

Iranian reform activists have a love/hate relationship with the Western NGOs that often advocate on their behalf.

A demonstrator rallies on behalf of Mostafa Moein, the reformist candidate fielded by the Khatami team in the last Iranian election. Moein, who promised to expand civil and women's rights, was defeated. (Photo by Iason Athanasiadis)

TEHRAN --  Laleh entered her small apartment for the first time after two weeks of tasting prison, interrogation, release, and partial recovery. The women's rights activist bought the third-floor flat, set just off a busy highway in eastern Tehran, a year ago, after deciding that accepting her love-hate relationship with this country was easier than abandoning it altogether. Looking out of her living room window, she listened to the evening call to prayer crackle over the loudspeakers of the mosque facing her house.