Opinion | Iran?s attacks on one U.S. think tank are a threat to all


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The scholars argue the Iranian regime’s actions constitute an assault on all experts who dare to not toe a repressive regime’s official line.“This Iranian threat against one think tank is a threat against all researchers and academics, and that’s why in a short space of time we were able to gather people across the full range of the political spectrum,” said Danielle Pletka, senior vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, who organized the letter.Among the signers are some prominent critics of the Trump administration’s Iran policy, including former deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken, Center for American Progress senior fellow Brian Katulis and former senior Obama-era National Security Council official Robert Malley, who is close to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and met with him recently in New York.“This is a further example of a troubling trend whereby governments attempt to stifle and intimidate independent researchers; colleagues of ours have been targeted by several countries in a variety of ways, from harassment to denial of access to expulsion to imprisonment,” the letter states.

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