Iranians Protest for Change

January 02, 2018

As Iranians rally in anti-government protests, President Rouhani encourages his people to remain united. What began as local demonstrations against Iran’s economic crisis have morphed into violent protests. High inflation and rising prices have brought Iranians to the streets around the...

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 Reform Movement is Not Dead

June 20, 2016

Iran’s recent elections display support for the reform movement, which many believed had become obsolete. Iran is undergoing not only an economic opening, but also a social one. After the P5+1, composed of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, signed the landmark nuclear deal with...

Iranians Cheated by Rouhani’s Failed Promises

September 30, 2015

Over two years have passed since President Rouhani entered office, yet leaders of the Green Movement are still under house arrest. When Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president of Iran, asked the Iranian people to vote for Hassan Rouhani, many of us who have supported the reforms and...

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...

Rouhani’s Election: A Victory for the Green Movement?

June 26, 2013

To maintain support among Green Movement sympathizers, Rouhani needs to work for the release of political prisoners. On May 22, when the Guardian Council presented the approved candidates for the June 14 presidential election in Iran, those not approved received more attention than the actual...

Iran After Ahmadinejad: Who’s Next?

June 12, 2013

After eight years of controversial rule, President Ahmadinejad is constitutionally barred from running for office again. Background On June 14, 2013, Iran's eleventh presidential election will commence. Out of the 686 candidates that registered at the Interior Ministry, the Guardian Council...

Democratizing Iran: Khatami’s Grand Strategy

June 11, 2013

Khatami's non-confrontational stance towards Ayatollah Khamenei serves as part of his grand-strategy for a political comeback. Mohammed Khatami has once again taken a backseat in Iranian politics. The former (and only) reformist president from 1997-2005 has, for the second election in a row,...

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...

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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