RAND Review: Iran, Mexico, Veterans
In This Issue (Volume 36, Number 1: Spring 2012)
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An Iranian worker stands beneath portraits of the late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right, and the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, overlooking a production line at a carbon fiber factory in Tehran on August 27, 2011. Carbon fiber is a material under a United Nations embargo because of its potential use in Iran’s nuclear program.
Our cover story discusses how the United States should address the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran, and an accompanying sidebar and graphic show how trends in word usage on Twitter correlated with the protests surrounding the 2009 Iranian presidential election.
The authors argue that there are alternatives to military action that are more likely to dissuade Iran from producing, testing, and deploying nuclear weapons, while also promoting a more democratic and responsible Iranian regime.
Twitter and other social media reportedly played a big role in the protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election. Analysis of word usage in millions of tweets about the election and its aftermath reveals that spikes in the use of swear words could forecast the outbreak of large-scale protests.