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Past articles by Scott:

‘Women, life, freedom.’ Inside the protests shocking Iran.

As Iranian protesters get sent to prison, many say it’s only steeled their resolve to take to the streets again. → Read More

Profile in courage: He defied the advancing Taliban, and paid with his life

As Taliban insurgents sweep across Afghanistan, the assassination of a defiant district governor is a case study in loss, but also courage. → Read More

In Iran, outrage over patriarchy spurs change

In Iran, people are expressing unusual anger at the low value placed on girls’ lives by a patriarchal elite. → Read More

Talking in Qatar, bombing in Kabul. How to explain the Taliban?

What does the Taliban’s “fight and talk” approach signal about the durability of an Afghanistan peace deal? → Read More

For Iran's women's movement, progress is slow. But it's progress.

Observer or participant? When assessing change, frame of reference matters. So it is with the progress of Iran's women's movement. As one woman told us: “You don’t change a patriarchal society overnight.” → Read More

Why Rouhani, facing political storm in Iran, is secure in face of US threats

Reimposed US sanctions on Iran have, in the short term, led to hardship. But economic sanctions are an imprecise tool. Whether they can effect the desired change is a question of political resilience. → Read More

Has US misread the Iranian street?

Recent street protests over Iran's economy seem to suggest the country could be vulnerable to outside pressure. But Iranians say the White House has miscalculated, resulting in increased unity instead. → Read More

Why increased US pressure on Iran appears to be backfiring

Recent street protests over Iran's economy seem to suggest the country could be vulnerable to outside pressure. But Iranians say the White House has miscalculated, resulting in increased unity instead. → Read More

Did Turkey end its state of emergency or make it permanent?

Sustained security threats, real or imagined, can harm democracy. In Turkey, President Erdogan ended a two-year state of emergency, but its contribution to his tight grip on power may be lasting. → Read More

For some military vets, deep concern over Trump’s summit with Putin

Military vets and intelligence agents consider themselves patriots first and are supportive of the office of the presidency. But for some, it was hard to watch Trump’s summit with Putin. → Read More

Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line

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Turkey elections: why Erdoğan and his party are suddenly vulnerable

Perhaps it's inevitable that even the most popular strongman loses his appeal. President Erdoğan chose early elections, but Turks are starting to signal they've had enough of one-man rule. → Read More

How new US stance on Iran is resonating in Tehran

It's hardly surprising that US ultimatums directed at Iran have been answered in kind, with Iranians saying they will not be intimidated into constraining their regional ambitions. But listen closely, and you'll also hear more pragmatic voices. → Read More

In Baghdad, Iraqis embrace return to normalcy, with eye on its fragility

The differences are striking: Blast walls are coming down and streets are reopening as Baghdad sheds the visual reminders of war's long grip. But is it enough to just wish peace into existence? Iraqis are keeping an eye on ISIS, but the fatigue with fighting and yearning for normalcy are changing the face of the city. → Read More

In Baghdad, a sense of home resurfaces a decade after ethnic cleansing

The Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Adel was the site of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Shiites at the height of Iraq's sectarian strife. But in a testament to the universal pull of "home," Shiite former residents have been trickling back, surfacing fond memories of the old days and recalling how some Sunnis helped them. First in an occasional series on Finding 'Home.' → Read More

How a tough UN resolution is making push for Yemen peace talks harder

The UN's new Yemen envoy says all sides desire a political solution. But Resolution 2216, which demands Houthi rebels disarm and withdraw, is being invoked to create an 'impossible precondition' for talks. → Read More

Afghanistan by the numbers: inside the fight over facts

The Congress-appointed government watchdog for the war in Afghanistan is expressing the concern that the American people are not getting basic facts about the conflict. Analysts agree, and say it's not going well. → Read More

For Afghan women, rocky path to respect exacts a steep price

Western donors have spent heavily to improve women's lives in Afghanistan and teach them to fight for their rights. But the efforts would be more successful, some say, if they better fit the Afghan cultural context. Part 4 of Reaching for Equity: a global series on gender and power. → Read More

In Turkey, cruel tradition trumps ‘picture perfect’ gender laws

Laws to promote women's rights are on the books in Turkey. But as the mood grows more conservative, gender issues are out of the spotlight and activists fear the government is backsliding. Part 3 of Reaching for Equity: a global series on gender and power. → Read More

In Iran’s surprise uprising of the poor, dents to revolution’s legitimacy

Iran's recent violent protests surged among the nation's poor, presumed bedrock supporters of the regime, who have been angered by recent crass displays of wealth by the elite and other perceived inequities. Even the opposition intelligentsia was surprised. → Read More