Masoud Kazemzadeh

Dr. Masoud Kazemzadeh, Ph.D, is an associate professor of political science at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Kazemzadeh's research interests include democratization, post-Cold War international system, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, and U.S. Foreign Policy. His dissertation is the recipient of two awards including the Western Political Science Association's "Best Dissertation in Political Science Award". He was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. In addition to scholarly articles, he has published two books and is working on the third. He enjoys jogging, volleyball, and soccer.

The protests that began on Thursday December 28, are the largest such protests since 2009.  By Saturday, they had spread to about 40 cities and are very different than those in 2009.

The fundamentalist rulers of Iran are confident that their goal of establishing a coalition of Shia countries and regions under their control is nearing fruition.

What makes these elections interesting is that Iran is not a one-man dictatorship.  The fundamentalist regime that rules Iran is an oligarchy.

The death of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Rafsanjani on January 8 will dramatically change Iranian politics.  He was one of the handful of the architects of the fundamentalist system in Iran.

President Obama made a huge gamble.  The evidence clearly shows that he lost the gamble.

There is no doubt that we have been at war with Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. However, we have not been at war with the overwhelming majority of Muslims.