• Khamenei speech suggests possible tension over parts of Iran deal

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    Published July 20, 2015 at 9:15 pm - No Comments In his Eid-e Fitr sermon following the signing of the nuclear agreement Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was ambivalent toward the deal, thanking Iran’s negotiating team but expressing pessimism about whether the deal marked a rapprochement with the United States. In his Eid-e Fitr sermon closely following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signalled ambivalence about the agreement reached with the United Nations Security Council permanent five members plus Germany (P5+1). He started by thanking Iran’s negotiators and president and said that the JCPOA as a “text” (rather than “agreement”) still had to undergo legal processes, presumably a […]

    Khamenei speech suggests possible tension over parts of Iran deal
  • 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 […]

    Iran after the nuclear crisis
  • Rouhani calls for greater transparency in how Iran prosecutes political crimes

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    Published July 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm - No Comments President Hassan Rouhani has called for greater judicial transparency to change how the Islamic Republic prosecutes “political crimes”, which are currently vaguely defined in the Iranian judicial system. A law to do precisely this has been sitting in a parliamentary commission for some time. Could President Rouhani’s highlighting of this issue help give momentum to judicial reform in Iran? Rouhani calls for greater judicial transparency Speaking at a session during Judiciary Commemoration Week on Sunday 28 June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for Iran’s judiciary to be more transparent. The occasion commemorates the death of the first head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who was killed in […]

    Rouhani calls for greater transparency in how Iran prosecutes political crimes
  • 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 […]

    A primer on Iranian politics—and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed
  • General Jazayeri: “Absolutely no permission shall be given to foreigners for any type of access to military centers”

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    Published June 18, 2015 at 12:11 am - No Comments On Sunday 14 June 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri joined a cacophony of voices in Iran denouncing any type of inspections of Iranian military facilities by foreigners as part of a final nuclear agreement. He was quoted by Islamic Students’ News Agency (ISNA) as saying: “The armed forces and defence system of the country are responsible for guarding the interests of the country and regime and entry of foreigners to defence and military centers and extraction of information on associated equipment and tactics is against the commands and expedience and demands of the public of Iran.” “We emphasise that absolutely […]

    General Jazayeri: “Absolutely no permission shall be given to foreigners for any type of access to military centers”
  • 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?
  • Inspection of military bases and interviewing nuclear personnel: Iran’s “hard” red-lines?

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    Published May 26, 2015 at 2:57 am - No Comments A new potential obstacle faces the successful completion of the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations: Will the IAEA be allowed to conduct inspections of Iranian non-nuclear facilities, including military bases, and interview nuclear scientific and technical personnel? A number of senior Iranian political and security officials have lashed out at this as an egregious invasion of Iranian sovereignty, while some among the P5+1 member states view transparency and verification as a pillar of any successful final agreement. Are we merely witnessing a new phase of haggling in these negotiations or is these issues a potential point of rupture for the talks? The Barack Obama administration and its partners in the […]

    Inspection of military bases and interviewing nuclear personnel: Iran’s “hard” red-lines?
  • Rouhani’s social and political agenda and his fractious coalition

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    Published May 18, 2015 at 4:45 am - No Comments As Iran inches closer to a nuclear agreement with the P5+1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be starting to make a new set of moves to deliver on his election campaign promises of expanding social and political freedoms. This could be especially important if the president hopes to see his allies elected to power in the 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Expert elections. However, early signs indicate that this could fracture the broad coalition which has carried him through his first two years as president. During his first two years in office President Hassan Rouhani has largely neglected his campaign promise of expanding social and political freedoms. This […]

    Rouhani’s social and political agenda and his fractious coalition
  • The neglected pillar of Rouhani’s agenda: Social and political freedoms

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    Published May 10, 2015 at 10:56 pm - No Comments During an interview last week Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that Iran does not jail people for their opinions. His comments resulted in a strong backlash, much of it coming from Zarif’s own supporters who also back the larger political agenda of President Hassan Rouhani. This has been among the first major missteps by the administration with Iranian voters who seek greater social and political freedoms, a bloc which came out to vote for Rouhani in droves in the 2013 presidential election. Can Rouhani afford to alienate these voters, and how could this impact him and his allies’ attempt to take parliament and the Assembly of Experts […]

    The neglected pillar of Rouhani’s agenda: Social and political freedoms
  • Event – IranPolitik @ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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    Published May 9, 2015 at 1:49 am - No Comments IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet chaired a panel on the recent P5+1-Iran framework agreement with the Iranian Studies Group based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on 05 May 2015. Topics of discussion included the provisions of the 02 April 2015 framework agreement, economic sanctions on Iran, and the geo-political dynamics of the MENA region. Panelists included Jim Walsh of MIT’s Center for International Studies, Payam Mohseni of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Aaron Arnold of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. To learn more please visit the Facebook event page.

    Event – IranPolitik @ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Khamenei speech suggests possible tension over parts of Iran deal

July 20, 2015 in Analysis, News, Nuclear File

In his Eid-e Fitr sermon following the signing of the nuclear agreement Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was ambivalent toward the deal, thanking Iran’s negotiating team but expressing pessimism about whether the deal marked a rapprochement with the United States. In his Eid-e Fitr sermon closely following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei signalled ambivalence about the agreement reached with the United Nations Security Council permanent five members plus Germany (P5+1). He started by thanking Iran’s negotiators and president and said that the JCPOA as a “text” (rather than “agreement”) still had to undergo legal processes, presumably a […]

Iran after the nuclear crisis

July 16, 2015 in Analysis, Nuclear File

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 […]

Rouhani calls for greater transparency in how Iran prosecutes political crimes

July 6, 2015 in Analysis, News

President Hassan Rouhani has called for greater judicial transparency to change how the Islamic Republic prosecutes “political crimes”, which are currently vaguely defined in the Iranian judicial system. A law to do precisely this has been sitting in a parliamentary commission for some time. Could President Rouhani’s highlighting of this issue help give momentum to judicial reform in Iran? Rouhani calls for greater judicial transparency Speaking at a session during Judiciary Commemoration Week on Sunday 28 June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for Iran’s judiciary to be more transparent. The occasion commemorates the death of the first head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, who was killed in […]

A primer on Iranian politics—and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed

July 2, 2015 in Analysis, Announcements, Nuclear File

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 […]

General Jazayeri: “Absolutely no permission shall be given to foreigners for any type of access to military centers”

June 18, 2015 in News, Nuclear File

On Sunday 14 June 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri joined a cacophony of voices in Iran denouncing any type of inspections of Iranian military facilities by foreigners as part of a final nuclear agreement. He was quoted by Islamic Students’ News Agency (ISNA) as saying: “The armed forces and defence system of the country are responsible for guarding the interests of the country and regime and entry of foreigners to defence and military centers and extraction of information on associated equipment and tactics is against the commands and expedience and demands of the public of Iran.” “We emphasise that absolutely […]

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

June 15, 2015 in Analysis, News

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 […]

Velayati comes out against inspections of Iranian military bases and interviews with nuclear personnel

June 8, 2015 in Analysis, Nuclear File

In a series of interviews the Iranian supreme leader’s senior foreign policy adviser Ali-Akbar Velayati reiterated what appears to be a hardened Iranian position on allowing IAEA inspections of Iranian military bases and interviews with nuclear personnel as part of a final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. While Velayati’s position on this issue may not reflect the regime’s position at the negotiating table, it adds weight to the idea that this issue could pose an obstacle to a final agreement by the 30 June 2015 deadline. In an interview with an Iranian television channel and according to a report by a print outlet Ali-Akbar Velayati, former […]

Inspection of military bases and interviewing nuclear personnel: Iran’s “hard” red-lines?

May 26, 2015 in Analysis, News, Nuclear File

A new potential obstacle faces the successful completion of the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations: Will the IAEA be allowed to conduct inspections of Iranian non-nuclear facilities, including military bases, and interview nuclear scientific and technical personnel? A number of senior Iranian political and security officials have lashed out at this as an egregious invasion of Iranian sovereignty, while some among the P5+1 member states view transparency and verification as a pillar of any successful final agreement. Are we merely witnessing a new phase of haggling in these negotiations or is these issues a potential point of rupture for the talks? The Barack Obama administration and its partners in the […]

Rouhani’s social and political agenda and his fractious coalition

May 18, 2015 in Analysis, News

As Iran inches closer to a nuclear agreement with the P5+1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be starting to make a new set of moves to deliver on his election campaign promises of expanding social and political freedoms. This could be especially important if the president hopes to see his allies elected to power in the 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Expert elections. However, early signs indicate that this could fracture the broad coalition which has carried him through his first two years as president. During his first two years in office President Hassan Rouhani has largely neglected his campaign promise of expanding social and political freedoms. This […]

The neglected pillar of Rouhani’s agenda: Social and political freedoms

May 10, 2015 in Analysis, News

During an interview last week Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that Iran does not jail people for their opinions. His comments resulted in a strong backlash, much of it coming from Zarif’s own supporters who also back the larger political agenda of President Hassan Rouhani. This has been among the first major missteps by the administration with Iranian voters who seek greater social and political freedoms, a bloc which came out to vote for Rouhani in droves in the 2013 presidential election. Can Rouhani afford to alienate these voters, and how could this impact him and his allies’ attempt to take parliament and the Assembly of Experts […]