Iranian President’s Personal and Political Revolutions

January 21, 2017

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's political transformation took him from being one of the founding members of the Islamic Republic to one of its biggest critics. The late Iranian politician and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani had accrued many nicknames throughout his career. Most notably he was...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

December 04, 2013

Iran’s goal in the nuclear negotiations is not just an easing of sanctions. Iran’s catastrophic economic situation is seen by many observers as the Rouhani government’s central motive to end the nuclear standoff – and the sanctions against Iran – as quickly as...

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 2/2)

July 24, 2013

Under Rouhani, it will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Manuel Langendorf: Was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ally, Rahim Mashaie, excluded from the election because he is an opponent of Khamenei and the conservative establishment? Was...

Iran’s Foreign Policy: No Substantial Change With Rouhani

July 06, 2013

Rouhani is likely to impact the style but not the substance of Iranian foreign policy. The victory of a new reformist Iranian president has been welcomed by the international community. For many, President-Elect Hassan Rouhani's pragmatism breaks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard line, and...

Rouhani: New Blood For the Old Regime (Part 2/2)

July 06, 2013

Rouhani's win shows the supreme leader’s hunger for a new domestic and foreign policy agenda. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. First of all, the election result in Iran shows that main power brokers believe in a need for change on the domestic and foreign policy...

Iran: A Vote for Moderation

June 19, 2013

Iran has reached a turning point in its history. The vote for Rouhani was a vote for moderation. As was expected, the Iranian people created a new epic event through their massive turnout at Friday's presidential election. Although most analysts speculated before the election that, as a...

Iran: The Predetermined Election

June 13, 2013

The institutional setup in Iran is designed to preserve the power of Ayatollah Khamenei and the conservative establishment.  “Since the beginning of the revolution until now we've had 30 elections — which one has not been free?” This statement was declared by...

The Unknown Side of Iran’s Presidential Election

May 31, 2013

Reza J takes a closer look at some of the unknown aspects of the upcoming Iranian presidential election and examines Facebook as an instrument of dissent. Forget all you have heard so far about Iran’s presidential election. Analysts are discussing the disqualification of Hashemi Rafsanjani...

Iran’s March to Naked Dictatorship?

May 28, 2013

In the next few weeks, the political trajectory of Iran for the next decade will be revealed. Trita Parsi examines the upcoming Iranian Presidential Election. The next few weeks in Iran — with the elections and the political drama around it — can prove decisive in determining whether a...

The Green Movement Before the Iranian Presidential Election

May 28, 2013

By disqualifying former President Rafsanjani from Iran’s presidential election, the Guardian Council may have helped to unite the split Green Movement. In order to become a broad-based opposition, however, the movement needs to overcome multiple obstacles and go beyond the scope it had in...

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