DOHA, QATAR --- In the beginning, there was The Speech.

After that, there was the letdown.

The discovery of fragments of ancient cuneiform tablets – hidden in a British Museum storeroom since 1881 – has sparked a diplomatic row between the UK and Iran. In dispute is a proposed loan of the Cyrus cylinder, one of the most important objects in the museum's collection, and regarded by some historians as the world's first human rights charter.

September 8, 2009

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and ASC School of Journalism were proud to host a forum discussing Iran: New Politics, New Media. This discussion was moderated by Philip Seib, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and featured an illustrious group of panelists.

Media Coverage of the Iranian Election and Opposition Protests

Each time the Iranian Islamic dictatorship condemns the Voice of America by name for broadcasting news of anti-government demonstrations into that country, it can only mean more dollars for the VOA's Persian News Network — and VOA in general — at budget time on Capitol Hill.

An unyielding belief in strength over suppleness — constantly deploying the full force of both the sword and the mouth — may lie at the core of that old warrior Sen. John McCain's criticism that President Obama has been too passive in reacting to Iranian protests against that country's controversial elections.

June 11, 2009