Monthly archives: June, 2013

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Publication – The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Political Elite on Syria: Understanding What They Think Through Iranian Media Narratives

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet has released a new report in collaboration with our partners at the University of Pennsylvania’s Iran Media Program (IMP): “The Islamic Republic of Iran has been the central regional backer of the Bashar al-Assad regime since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March 2011. Despite the…



The Principalists

Principalists Divided: Neo-Principalists under attack from Traditional Principalists

The victory of Hassan Rouhani in the 2013 Iranian presidential election continues to reverberate throughout Iran and the world. Not surprisingly, one place where this victory is having a potentially profound effect is within the Principalist political current. Despite being heavily favored to win by many inside and outside of Iran, Principalist candidates performed very…



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Iran Election Watch 2013: Final Edition – Why did Rouhani’s election victory seem unlikely and why did he win?

As the smoke clears from the 2013 Iranian presidential election, the surprise election of Hassan Rouhani as the seventh president of Iran continues to dumbfound even the most astute observers of Iran. We here at IranPolitik must confess that we viewed a Rouhani victory, in the first round of voting no less, as a very…



Iran Election Watch 2013: Saeed Jalili's "Islamic Civilization"

Iran Election Watch 2013: Saeed Jalili’s concept of “Islamic Civilization” and what it could mean for the election

Saeed Jalili: The Neo-Principalist hardline establishment’s man or one candidate among many? In much of the expert analysis on the 2013 Iranian presidential election conducted outside of Iran, there continues to be an underestimation of Saeed Jalili and some reticence regarding whether he is really the Neo-Principalist hardline establishment’s candidate. For instance, Iran scholar Farideh…



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IranPolitik at Iran @ Saban

IranPolitik’s recent letter to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy regarding the 2013 Iranian presidential election was covered by senior fellow and resident Iran expert Suzanne Maloney. Here is an excerpt: “Another Iran @ Saban post on the election, which described the ballot as a “free-wheeling reality show” where things can go “off-script” drew commentary from Farzan Sabet, a…



Jalili - Ghalibaf

Iran Election Watch 2013: The IRGC and the case for a “semi-competitive” election in Iran

Are Iranian elections competitive? One of the essential questions about the 2013 Iranian presidential election for Iranians and outside observers is whether these elections are competitive. We all know that there is substantial pre-selection in Iranian national elections, whether for the presidency, parliament, or Assembly of Experts. The Council of Guardians, based on criteria set…



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Iran Election Watch 2013: What are the characteristics of the IRGC’s ideal presidential candidate?

We here at IranPolitik place special significance on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a political actor in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We have argued on our website before that the IRGC is represented by proxy politicians who we have called the Neo-Principalist political current. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first administration (2005-2009) was Neo-Principalist…