• Rouhani disheartened by mass disqualification of aspiring 2016 Iran election candidates

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    Published January 19, 2016 at 6:38 am - No Comments Mass disqualification Preliminary reports appear to indicate the there has been mass disqualification of aspiring candidates by the Council of Guardians ahead of the 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliamentary) and Assembly of Experts elections. According to Tasnim News Agency, only 4,720 out of a total of 12,123 aspiring candidates have been qualified to participate as candidates in these elections, a 38.9 percent qualification rate. That’s an average of 16 candidates competing for each seat in parliament. While an unprecedented number of aspirants registered to run in the elections, this would also be the lowest qualification rate of any election. Seyed Hossein Marashi, a member of the Reformist […]

    Rouhani disheartened by mass disqualification of aspiring 2016 Iran election candidates
  • Check out Majlis Monitor on Iran’s upcoming 2016 elections

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    Published January 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm - No Comments Majlis Monitor, an election monitoring and fact-checking platform based out of the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, has put together a series of articles, info-graphics, and videos, explaining various aspects of the upcoming 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (or “Majlis”) elections. We have linked a sample below which may be of interest to our readers: Spotlight on Parliament: How to Become a Candidate Infographic: How to Become a Parliamentary Candidate in Iran Infographic: How to be a Qualified Candidate for Iran’s Parliament Infographic: How to be Excluded from Contesting Iranian Parliamentary Elections Why Have So Many Candidates Registered for Iran’s Upcoming 2016 Elections? How the […]

    Check out Majlis Monitor on Iran’s upcoming 2016 elections
  • Iran Election Watch 2016: High numbers register to run in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections

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    Published December 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm - No Comments With the end of registration for aspiring candidates who want to participate in Iran’s upcoming 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, Minister of Interior Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli announced a high turnout. According to government figures 12123 people registered for parliamentary elections, over 100 percent more than in the previous 2012 election, while 801 individuals registered for Assembly of Experts elections, an increase of over 62 percent since the last election in 2008. Iran’s parliament, the Islamic Consultative Assembly or “Majlis”, is responsible for legislation. The Assembly of Experts, an 88-person body made up of Islamic jurists, is responsible for selecting the supreme leader, the most powerful position in […]

    Iran Election Watch 2016: High numbers register to run in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections
  • Iran Election Watch 2016: Larijani refuses to join conservative electoral alliance

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    Published December 22, 2015 at 10:12 pm - No Comments The Principalist Alliance Central Council (PACC) has been formed, with Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel as its spokesman, in the hopes of uniting Iran’s conservative current in the lead up to the 2016 parliamentary election. But Ali Larijani’s refusal to join could sustain or even strengthen conservative disunity in this election and beyond. As we have argued in the past, Iran’s conservative current, known as the principalists, have since their formation in the late-1990s been, generally speaking, composed of two majour sub-currents: The traditional and neo-principalists. By coming to a consensus on a range of issues – including supreme leader-centric politics and social conservatism – these sub-currents were able to […]

    Iran Election Watch 2016: Larijani refuses to join conservative electoral alliance
  • Interview – Surge in anti-American hostility in Iran is setback for jailed US reporter

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    Published October 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm - No Comments IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted an interview on the anti-“infiltration” campaign in Iran with the Christian Science Monitor: “Expectations were high that clinching a deal “would automatically enhance Mr. Rouhani’s position to expand social and political freedoms in Iran and resolve other issues in the US-Iran relationship,” says Farzan Sabet, managing editor of the IranPolitik website and Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford. But those expectations did not take into account that the rare consensus among moderates and conservatives for a nuclear deal was to lift sanctions only, says Mr. Sabet, and does not extend to Rouhani’s […]

    Interview – Surge in anti-American hostility in Iran is setback for jailed US reporter
  • Khamenei v Rouhani: Consensus gives way to discord after the Iran deal

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    Published September 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm - No Comments Nuclear negotiations were one of the few areas of broad consensus among the political elite of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the nuclear deal in hand, however, underlying tension between moderate and conservative currents in Iran has been increasingly coming to the fore. This tension has manifested in a number of ways, for example in the debate over the role of the Council of Guardians in vetting parliamentary election candidates. Another majour debate has been about the threat of Western, and especially American, penetration of the country and whether the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is uniquely empowered to confront such threats. The latter was a majour […]

    Khamenei v Rouhani: Consensus gives way to discord after the Iran deal
  • Banning of “He Who Said No” and the undermining of Iranian culture

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    Published August 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm - No Comments The withdrawal of Ahmad-Reza Darvish’s “He Who Said No”, an acclaimed film about revered Shi’a figure Imam Hossein, from Iranian cinemas this past week highlights how censorship in Iran continues to be an obstacle to the indigenous production of culture. This past week director Ahmad-Reza Darvish’s award winning film Rooz-e Rastakhiz (entitled “He Who Said No” in English), about the revered Shi’a figure Imam Hossein’s uprising against and martyrdom at the hands of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid, was pulled from cinemas in Iran due to what some claim is the film’s irreverent treatment of its subject matter. The film was originally created in 2010 and first shown at […]

    Banning of “He Who Said No” and the undermining of Iranian culture
  • Iran after the nuclear crisis

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    Published July 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm - No Comments The Iranian nuclear crisis, which has come to define the last 12 years of the tumultuous post-revolution U.S.-Iran relationship is at an end. But this is an end which is also a beginning. The process of engagement which led to negotiations, which in turn led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has enabled an unprecedented level of interaction and trust building between the United States and Iran that may open doors to greater future cooperation. In this sense the JCPOA provides an institutionalized framework in the form of the Joint Commission for ongoing and iterative discussion on not only the issues provided for in the technical […]

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  • Interview – A primer on Iranian politics: and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed

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    Published July 2, 2015 at 5:18 pm - No Comments IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted a Q&A on the domestic politics of implementing a final nuclear agreement in Iran with The Atlantic: “Kathy Gilsinan: Say the negotiators actually strike a nuclear deal. How does the Iranian system process it domestically? Does parliament have to pass laws to implement it? Can the supreme leader simply reject it if he doesn’t like it? Farzan Sabet: According to Article 77 of Iran’s constitution, international treaties, protocols, contracts, and agreements have to be ratified by parliament. In the case of the nuclear negotiations, this means that parliament has to ratify both a final agreement and other legal documents […]

    Interview – A primer on Iranian politics: and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed
  • YEKTA: Iranian conservatism’s future or a flash in the pan?

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    Published June 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm - No Comments Iranian conservatives, torn by schisms during the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration second term and defeated in the 2013 presidential election, have begun to reorganise themselves ahead of the 2016 Assembly of Experts and parliamentary elections. One such group, officially announced today, is YEKTA. Is this future of Iranian conservatism or a just flash in the pan? Introduction In the Islamic Republic of Iran’s history we have repeatedly seen a pattern in which the act of holding political power by a coalition of actors tends to, over time, erode the bonds of the coalition as its contradictions are laid bare, eventually contributing to its demise. This was the case from […]

    YEKTA: Iranian conservatism’s future or a flash in the pan?

Rouhani disheartened by mass disqualification of aspiring 2016 Iran election candidates

January 19, 2016 in Analysis, Iran Election Watch, News

Mass disqualification Preliminary reports appear to indicate the there has been mass disqualification of aspiring candidates by the Council of Guardians ahead of the 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliamentary) and Assembly of Experts elections. According to Tasnim News Agency, only 4,720 out of a total of 12,123 aspiring candidates have been qualified to participate as candidates in these elections, a 38.9 percent qualification rate. That’s an average of 16 candidates competing for each seat in parliament. While an unprecedented number of aspirants registered to run in the elections, this would also be the lowest qualification rate of any election. Seyed Hossein Marashi, a member of the Reformist […]

Check out Majlis Monitor on Iran’s upcoming 2016 elections

January 13, 2016 in Analysis, Announcements, Iran Election Watch

Majlis Monitor, an election monitoring and fact-checking platform based out of the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, has put together a series of articles, info-graphics, and videos, explaining various aspects of the upcoming 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (or “Majlis”) elections. We have linked a sample below which may be of interest to our readers: Spotlight on Parliament: How to Become a Candidate Infographic: How to Become a Parliamentary Candidate in Iran Infographic: How to be a Qualified Candidate for Iran’s Parliament Infographic: How to be Excluded from Contesting Iranian Parliamentary Elections Why Have So Many Candidates Registered for Iran’s Upcoming 2016 Elections? How the […]

Iran Election Watch 2016: High numbers register to run in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections

December 27, 2015 in Analysis, Iran Election Watch, News

With the end of registration for aspiring candidates who want to participate in Iran’s upcoming 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, Minister of Interior Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli announced a high turnout. According to government figures 12123 people registered for parliamentary elections, over 100 percent more than in the previous 2012 election, while 801 individuals registered for Assembly of Experts elections, an increase of over 62 percent since the last election in 2008. Iran’s parliament, the Islamic Consultative Assembly or “Majlis”, is responsible for legislation. The Assembly of Experts, an 88-person body made up of Islamic jurists, is responsible for selecting the supreme leader, the most powerful position in […]

Iran Election Watch 2016: Larijani refuses to join conservative electoral alliance

December 22, 2015 in Analysis, Iran Election Watch, News

The Principalist Alliance Central Council (PACC) has been formed, with Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel as its spokesman, in the hopes of uniting Iran’s conservative current in the lead up to the 2016 parliamentary election. But Ali Larijani’s refusal to join could sustain or even strengthen conservative disunity in this election and beyond. As we have argued in the past, Iran’s conservative current, known as the principalists, have since their formation in the late-1990s been, generally speaking, composed of two majour sub-currents: The traditional and neo-principalists. By coming to a consensus on a range of issues – including supreme leader-centric politics and social conservatism – these sub-currents were able to […]

Iran Election Watch 2016: Trends to watch for in the upcoming Iranian parliamentary elections

December 4, 2015 in Analysis, Iran Election Watch

Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, or parliamentary, elections fast approach on 26 February 2016. This short article looks at trends which may shape the disposition of Iran’s political forces ahead of this vote. The election is particularly important because, as with other Iranian legislative elections, it could reshape the balance of power in the Islamic Republic and be decisive in facilitating or obstructing President Hassan Rouhani’s domestic political agenda. One general trend that will likely persist in the lead up to and following the election is the realignment of Iranian politics away from the margins and toward the center. Between 1997 and 2013, Iranian politics was dominated by two […]

Iranian armed forces deputy chief joins cacophony against American “infiltration”

November 16, 2015 in Analysis, News

A recent speech by the Iranian armed forces deputy commander underlies President Hassan Rouhani’s relative isolation when it comes to the Islamic Republic’s campaign against American “infiltration”. At an event on Thursday 12 November 2015 commemorating the death of Hassan Tehrani-Moghaddam, a father of Iran’s missile program, a new and influential voice was added to the cacophony of voices raging against the threat of American “infiltration” of Iranian society, politics, and the economy. On the occasion Majour General Gholam-Ali Rashid added his weight as deputy chief of staff of the armed forces behind the campaign against what Iran’s supreme leader has labelled as U.S. efforts to infiltrate Iran. […]

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s conditional approval of the Iran nuclear deal

October 24, 2015 in Analysis, News, Nuclear File

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has conditionally approved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more conventionally known as the Iran nuclear deal, for implementation. But the conditions he’s place on the implementation of the deal highlight his ambivalence about it, with serious potential long-term ramifications for Iran’s political future. Context The road to implementation of the JCPOA in Iran has not been a straightforward one. From the beginning, it was unclear when Iran’s supreme leader would give his formal public approval to the deal. Furthermore the precise route the deal would take through Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament), the two […]

Interview – Surge in anti-American hostility in Iran is setback for jailed US reporter

October 23, 2015 in Analysis, Announcements

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted an interview on the anti-“infiltration” campaign in Iran with the Christian Science Monitor: “Expectations were high that clinching a deal “would automatically enhance Mr. Rouhani’s position to expand social and political freedoms in Iran and resolve other issues in the US-Iran relationship,” says Farzan Sabet, managing editor of the IranPolitik website and Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford. But those expectations did not take into account that the rare consensus among moderates and conservatives for a nuclear deal was to lift sanctions only, says Mr. Sabet, and does not extend to Rouhani’s […]

Ayatollah Khamenei: “Negotiations with America are banned”

October 9, 2015 in Analysis, News

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has banned the Islamic Republic from negotiating with the United States. In September 2013, Ayatollah Khamenei gave his consent to nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States aimed at reaching a final accord, citing the precedence in the history of Shi’a Islam of showing “heroic flexibility” under the right circumstances. During a speech among Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGC-N) commanders, employees, and their families on 07 October 2015, however, Ayatollah Khamenei appeared to definitively close the door to negotiations with the United States on non-nuclear issues for the foreseeable future. Critically, his comments appeared to directly target President Hassan Rouhani, […]

Khamenei v Rouhani: Consensus gives way to discord after the Iran deal

September 20, 2015 in Analysis, News

Nuclear negotiations were one of the few areas of broad consensus among the political elite of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the nuclear deal in hand, however, underlying tension between moderate and conservative currents in Iran has been increasingly coming to the fore. This tension has manifested in a number of ways, for example in the debate over the role of the Council of Guardians in vetting parliamentary election candidates. Another majour debate has been about the threat of Western, and especially American, penetration of the country and whether the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is uniquely empowered to confront such threats. The latter was a majour […]