Tag: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The World Cup Tool: Improving Iran’s Image?

The World Cup Tool: Improving Iran’s Image?

Rouhani is likely to benefit from the success of the Iranian soccer team at the World Cup. It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political unity with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose militant and...

Saadi Qaddafi and the Dark History of Libyan Soccer

Saadi Qaddafi and the Dark History of Libyan Soccer

Saadi's trial is likely to shed light on a dark and brutal era in the history of Libyan soccer. It was only a matter of time before Al-Saadi Qaddafi, the notorious, soccer-obsessed third son of toppled Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi, would be extradited to Libya by Niger. His trial is likely...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

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...

A Few Thoughts on Iran’s New President

A Few Thoughts on Iran’s New President

Whether Rouhani is a dealmaker depends partly on the actions of Obama and Congress. The Ahmadinejad era has officially come to an end. Rest assure, few in Iran are mourning this occasion. But questions still remain as to whether the new president, Hassan Rouhani, can usher in a new era. Here are a...

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

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

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: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 1/2)

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 1/2)

Under Rouhani, It will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the first of a two part series. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in office, Iran elected Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president on June 15. Rouhani, an early supporter of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,...

Rouhani: Learning From Khatami’s Experience?

Rouhani: Learning From Khatami’s Experience?

Rouhani’s presidency is likely to represent progressive reform in Iran. Iran is likely to change substantively under Hassan Rouhani’s leadership. Allow me to qualify "change". Change is not regime change, nor is it change toward a more secular, liberal political system...

Iran’s Foreign Policy: No Substantial Change With Rouhani

Iran’s Foreign Policy: No Substantial Change With Rouhani

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)

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

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’s New President: Averting a Popular Revolt

Iran’s New President: Averting a Popular Revolt

The election of Rouhani as Iran's new president signals a possible change in direction of Tehran’s foreign policy. The election by a clear majority of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's new president on June 15, 2013, has secured for Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei the most...

Iranians’ Vote Can Open Closed Channels

Iranians’ Vote Can Open Closed Channels

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, could bring change to US-Iranian relations. After seven years' absence from the panel, in May, the United States won back a seat representing the Western group on the United Nations committee on program and coordination. When the committee reorganized...

Iran: The Predetermined Election

Iran: The Predetermined Election

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...

Iran After Ahmadinejad: Who’s Next?

Iran After Ahmadinejad: Who’s Next?

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...

Iran’s March to Naked Dictatorship?

Iran’s March to Naked Dictatorship?

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...

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