Month: February 2013

Iran Election Watch 2013: The Ahmadinejad-Mashaei Current – Much ado about nothing?

Editor’s note: As part of our Iran Election Watch 2013 series, we are analyzing the key political currents in the Islamic Republic. Today we look at the Ahmadinejad-Mashaei Current in part because of the prominence it has gained in the domestic Iranian and international press as of late. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a lame duck president….

IRGC increasingly more open regarding its political nature

One of IranPolitik’s main interests is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its role as a political actor in the Islamic Republic. Since at least 1999 they have intervened in Iranian politics, and are now assuming a position at the pinnacle of power. One of the central figures elucidating the organization’s political preferences has…

Understanding Khamenei’s “rejection” of nuclear negotiations with the United States

Since President Barack Obama’s November 2012 electoral victory, a number of U.S. foreign policy and Iran analysts have argued that the best time for negotiations between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) and Iran is between the start of the Obama administration’s second term and the June 2013…

Larijani-gate: The Islamic Republic’s bitter political infighting explodes in tragicomedy manner

On 3 February 2013, one of the most spectacular political events in the Islamic Republic’s 34 year history took place on the floor of the Iranian parliament, the Majlis. For the third time in the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration’s tenure, the Majlis impeached a sitting Cabinet-level minister as a direct political attack against the outgoing president….