Monthly archives: July, 2013

Saeed Hajjarian

Saeed Hajjarian on Hassan Rouhani’s dilemmas as president

Hassan Rouhani’s surprise victory in the 2013 Iranian presidential election has somewhat disguised the fact that a number of structural factors stand in his way if he is to successfully pursue his political agenda. IranPolitik’s coverage of a recent interview by Aseman Weekly with the senior Reformist theoretician and strategist Saeed Hajjarian, as covered by…



The IRGC's stance on Rouhani's victory: Wait and see

The IRGC’s stance on Rouhani’s victory: Wait and see

Although Iranian Principalists are loathe to admit it, they have suffered what many consider a profound defeat in the 2013 Iranian presidential election. The extent of the defeat should not be exaggerated: Principalist candidates (depending on how you define them) garnered 35 percent of the overall vote, compared president-elect Hassan Rouhani’s 50.7 percent. Still, just…



United States Institute of Peace

Event – IranPolitik @ The United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet will be appearing via Skype at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of the Washington, D.C.-based think-tank’s Internal Iran Study Group for a panel discussion entitled Real Politics of Iran: Views from Within: “Iran’s June 14, 2013, presidential election produced a result that surprised many…



Between a rock and a hard place

Rouhani’s achilies heel: Iranian and American hardliners

Many questions over the election of Hassan Rouhani as the eleventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran remain. One of the most interesting is how it is that following the 2009 Iranian presidential election, which many perceive as having been fraudulent, the regime allowed what appears to have been the relatively free and fair…