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…



The Rouhani Presidency at Three

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swept into office in August 2013 with a slim majority built on a message of “hope and prudence” and an election campaign that promised to end Iran’s international isolation, bring economic prosperity, and expand…



Iran’s 2016 Elections: Change or Continuity?

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: “Iran’s moderate alliance made gains in recent parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections. Composed of the country’s centrist and reformist political currents, this group refers to itself as moderate in the Iranian context to appeal to voters by…



Interview – 4 reasons Iran’s new parliament is a really big deal

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2016 Iranian parliamentary elections in Vox: “But when I spoke with Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he cautioned against overstating the significance of pro-Rouhani moderate gains in the parliament. Even with the…



Interviews in the Toronto Star, Newsweek, & RFE/RL on the 2016 Iranian Elections

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet recently spoke to the Toronto Star, Newsweek, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the 2016 Iranian Elections. See the interviews below: The Star: “In Iran, Friday’s tightly controlled elections will be pivotal for moderates: Analysis” Newsweek: “Iran Elections: Why They Matter” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: “Nine Takeaways From Iran’s Elections”



Why Iran’s Assembly of Experts election is the real race to be watching

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new article on the upcoming Assembly of Experts election in Iran in the Washington Post Monkey Cage: “On Friday, the Islamic Republic of Iran will simultaneously hold votes for the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) and the Assembly of Experts. While the parliament has received more attention, the…



Ayatollah V President: The clash of visions over Iran’s opening to the West

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written an article about the clash of visions between Iran’s supreme leader and president that could shape Iran’s relations with the West, in New America Weekly: “The Islamic Republic of Iran recently marked the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which heralded a decisive break in the…



Rouhani disheartened by mass disqualification of aspiring 2016 Iran election candidates

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…



Check out Majlis Monitor on Iran’s upcoming 2016 elections

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…