Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

February 20, 2020

On February 21, yet another nominal election will take place in Iran, coming on the heels of widespread protests in over 100 cities at the end of last year. It was the third time that the Iranian government faced protests in the last decade and the biggest since the Islamic Revolution of...

Iran and the Gulf: An Iron First or an Extended Hand?

July 21, 2017

Rouhani’s re-election is an opportunity for the Arab Gulf states to improve relations with Iran and promote greater regional stability. When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013, the first head of state to meet with him was from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Oman’s...

Iranian Election: A Choice Between Bad or Worse

May 17, 2017

Even if he wins the Iranian election, the realities of today will make it difficult for President Rouhani to achieve social and political reform. The Iranian presidential election on May 19 has been shaped by sociopolitical changes, the need for a successor to the supreme leader, the rise of...