Monthly archives: January, 2013

Iran Election Watch 2013: The Islamic Republic to carry out most closed elections in its history?

Iran Election Watch 2013: The Islamic Republic to carry out most closed elections in its history?

Background In a recent long-form analytical article published on the hardline website Jahan News on 27 January 2013, Reza Sarraj laid out what he asserted was the United States’ strategy toward the Islamic Republic will be in the next several months. Sarraj is the former head of the student branch of the Basij paramilitary, currently…



IranPolitik Historical Archive: Rafsanjani's message to a young IRGC in 1988

IranPolitik Historical Archive: Rafsanjani’s message to a young IRGC in 1988 may still have relevance today

Context & overview History, and the materials that document it, often help shed light on the events and personalities of the past. However, they can also help us better understand the present. Two videos ( 1 – 2 ) recently posted on the website of ex-president and current Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani certainly…



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Could economic turmoil lead to a new protest movement in Iran? General Nasser Sha’bani certainly thinks so.

A recent interview by the website Ghanoon with General Nasser Sha’bani, professor and deputy chief of Imam Hossein University which trains Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officers, on 14 January may have revealed much about the Islamic Republic’s senior hardline military and political leadership’s thinking. Sha’bani touched on both domestic and foreign policy issues, outlined…



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Iran Election Watch 2013: Saeedi reveals the IRGC’s political preferences, role in upcoming election?

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei had in recent months called on Iranian officials as well as the media not to discuss the upcoming 2013 Iranian presidential election too early. Now with the supreme leader’s speech on 08 January 2013, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) political chief Yadollah Javani’s editorial in the…



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Iran Election Watch 2013: A look at the main political currents

Between January and June of 2013, IranPolitik will begin a new series of articles under the label Iran Election Watch 2013 to cover the dynamics and implications of the upcoming Iranian presidential election. During this six month period IranPolitik will cover a wide variety of election-related subjects. These include the Islamic Republic’s system for vetting…



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Iran 2013: IranPolitik’s look at Iranian politics in the year ahead

As we enter 2013 we can reflect on another tumultuous year in Iran’s domestic and foreign politics. Below we have summarized some of the biggest trends and events of 2012 and look ahead to the new year to understand both possible continuities and changes in Iranian domestic and foreign politics. Iran 2012: A reflection 2012…