Monthly archives: August, 2012

2012 Tehran NAM Summit: Could Iran and Egypt make common cause on Syria?

Will the gathering of the 120 member Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, the second largest global forum of its kind after the United Nations, be an event filled with platitudes or could it result in successful diplomatic initiatives, especially for the event’s host the Islamic Republic of Iran? Two fronts on which Iran may be able…



IranPolitik Historical Archive: Saeed Hajjarian and the Pragmatist-Reformist divide in Iranian politics

In a recent interview with Andishey-e Pooya magazine (as reported by BBC Persian), Saeed Hajjarian, the chief theoretician of Iran’s Reformist faction, discussed the history of the political divide between the two ‘moderate’ factions in the Islamic Republic, the Pragmatists and Reformists. This divide continues to be significance today, and may have important consequences for…



Tensions in the Iranian leadership over excluding women from universities

In recent days article headlines in the Western media have proclaimed that the Islamic Republic is banning women from higher education. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize winner and a prominent Iranian human rights activist, was among the first to raise the alarm about this issue in a report on the human rights situation in Iran in…



Reformist pawns in 2013 Iranian presidential election?

Will the Reformist faction be allowed to participate in the 2013 Iranian presidential election? This is turning out to be one of the biggest questions in Iranian politics for the coming year. A recent interview by the Young Journalists Club with Ali Saeedi, representative of the supreme leader to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),…



2012 Tehran NAM Summit: IRGC commander suggests that Iran create a coalition for a new war on terror

The Islamic Republic of Iran is seeking to counter the anti-Syria narrative that emerged from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extraordinary meeting earlier this week at the upcoming session of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran. At the three-day OIC meeting in Mecca, Muslim states agreed to a proposal by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah…



Rumors about the creation of a crisis council by the Islamic Republic abound

With sanctions playing havoc on Iran’s economy, the threat of war with Israel on the horizon, and Syria in flames, could the Islamic Republic be considering the creation of crisis council to centralize power and better manage the country? A recent article in Iran newspaper, the official publication of the executive branch of the Iranian…



Khatami calls on Reformists to step back from political demands

Are Iranian Reformists conceding ground to hardline Principalists in the run-up to the 2013 presidential election? On 12 August 2012, Journalists’ Day in the Islamic Republic, a group of journalists met with ex-president Mohammad Khatami to discuss some of the most pressing issues of the day. The discussion focused on two main themes, namely the…



Is Canada harbouring the mastermind of the Islamic Republic’s biggest embezzlement scandal?

With the trial and sentencing of 39 defendants, the largest embezzlement scandal in the Islamic Republic’s history known as the “Big Graft” has entered a new phase. Iranian authorities are now pursuing Mahmoud-Reza Khavari, the former Bank Melli chief believed to be a ringleader in the scandal now residing in Canada. Of the 39 accused,…



The Islamic Republic reaches out to regional powers to release 48 Iranian hostages in Syria

With the kidnapping of 48 Iranians in Syria, the Islamic Republic finds itself asking regional powers to intervene on its behalf to save the lives of its citizens. On Saturday 04 August 2012, 48 Iranians travelling from Damascus airport to the city center were kidnapped by a group claiming to belong to the Free Syrian…



Iran ends population control programs, says the the country must expand to 150-200 million people

In recent years Iran’s senior political leadership, including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have criticized population control policies in the country and talked about reversing the decline in birth rates in the Islamic Republic. The regime now appears to be taking concrete steps to make this new discourse a reality. Yesterday,…