Iran protests: why Rouhani’s foes are backing off their hard line

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Christian Science Monitor on the recent Iran protests: “It is clear that Rouhani is weakened compared to this time last year” after his reelection, says Farzan Sabet, a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. The president’s signature achievements are “in tatters,” he…



Iran calls new U.S. sanctions a violation of nuclear deal

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Washington Post on Iran’s response to new U.S. sanctions: Iran survived some of the toughest sanctions “through a combination of the power of diplomacy and deterrent defensive power,” the Associated Press quoted Rouhani as saying. During his second term, Iran will “insist on constructive…



Rouhani, the ultimate insider, promises change in Iran

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the CNN on the challenges President Hassan Rouhani would face in fulfilling his campaign promises and bringing about change during a prospective second term in office: Farzan Sabet at Stanford University’s International Center for Security and Cooperation says Rouhani will need a new, stronger mandate…



Iranians vote for president, with the nuclear deal and economy on their minds

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Washington Post on the 2017 Iranian presidential elections: Raisi “has run a campaign ­focused on economic populist themes, but has not taken strong positions on many other issues,” said Farzan Sabet, a fellow at Stanford University and founder of IranPolitik, a blog on Iranian…



In the race to unseat Iran’s Rouhani, two conservatives emerge as front-runners

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Washington Post on President Hassan Rouhani’s main rivals in the 2017 Iranian Presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf: “The Iranian judiciary is by its nature very conservative and takes a restrictive approach to social and political freedoms,” said Farzan Sabet, a fellow at…



Rouhani Fires Away at Leading Rival a Week Before Iran Election

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by Bloomberg Politics on the counterattacks by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani against his 2017 presidential election rivals following the second debate: Rouhani has been “walking a fine line,” Farzan Sabet of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, said before Friday’s debate. While “taking the…



What We Learned From Iran’s Presidential Debate: QuickTake Q&A

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by Bloomberg Politics on the first debate in the 2017 Iranian presidential elections. His complete comments, not featured in full in the the article, can be found below. What would you say about Rouhani’s performance? Did he stand his own? And was he convincing enough as…



Iran’s holding presidential elections. Here are the candidates to watch.

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new article for the Washington Post Monkey Cage: Iran’s official month-long presidential campaign period kicked off last week in the run-up to the May 19 election. While former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidacy garnered international headlines, the real major development came when Ebrahim Raisi — touted as a…



Interview – Iran’s Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2017 Iranian presidential elections by Agence France-Presse (AFP): Analyst Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in Stanford University, said his registration was indeed “shocking”. But his motivation “may be to send an implicit threat to the Guardian Council…



On the Verge of Defeat in Iraq, the Islamic State takes aim at Iran in new video

The Islamic State (IS) has released a new propaganda video aimed at the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian Sunni Muslims. It accuses the Islamic Republic of oppressing Sunni Muslims while tolerating Jews, threatens it with destruction, and calls on Iranian Sunnis to rise up against their government. The video, entitled “Persia: Between Yesterday and…