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...

Rouhani: Learning From Khatami’s Experience?

July 10, 2013

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...

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 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...