William Beeman

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Trump Administration Risks War with Iran Over Nothing

The Trump administration appears to be renewing the possibility of violent confrontation with Iran using a questionable pretext—Iran’s testing of …

The Iranian Post-Revolutionary Generation Comes of Age

For several years I have been writing about a dramatic demographic shift that is about to take place in Iran. It is the emergence of the Post-Iranian Revolution Generation. This new generation has arrived and will create great changes in Iran in the near future.<p>My remarks below are based on a 21 …

In Iran Today Little Changes Mean a Lot

Iran is changing. Not all at once but bit by bit in small increments. The behavior of the people today would have not been tolerated 35 years ago in the immediate post-Revolutionary period. The cumulative effect of these behavioral and cultural changes is a transformation of Iranian society that …

The Arts in Iran Are Defying Conservatism

The arts and cultural activity in Iran today have greatly expanded from the time of the Revolution of 1978-79. Many aspects of the arts challenge conservative religious authorities, but they are flourishing nonetheless to the great appreciation of the Iranian public. I have just returned from an …

Despite Misgivings Iranians Support the Vienna Nuclear Accords

Most Iranians are very hopeful that the Vienna talks will be successful. They never talk about nuclear energy or nuclear weapons. They only talk about the lifting of sanctions.<p>I have just returned from a three-week trip in Iran in which I interviewed hundreds of Iranian citizens on this topic from …