Monthly archives: September, 2013

Interim Higher Education Minister Jafar Tofighi seeks to reverse the legacies of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad era

For the first time in months – since the end of high level P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations in early 2013 – there is a momentum in Iranian foreign policy which may translate into progress in nuclear negotiations and potentially a resolution of the nuclear crisis. Hopes are high and Iranians from across the political spectrum, from…



Khamenei, the Hassan and Hossein doctrines, and “heroic flexibility” versus “heroic resistance” in nuclear negotiations

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s domestic and foreign politics were rocked by the largely unexpected election of Hassan Rouhani as president in June 2013. Despite the election of the Centrist Rouhani, who promised change and especially the resolution of the nuclear crisis, questions remain over how the new president’s promises could translate into concrete changes…



Rouhani welcomes IRGC’s role in economy, but not politics

Speaking before the 20th General Assembly of Commanders and Officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on 16 September 2013, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the IRGC in veiled terms about its involvement in elite politics and economic corruption but, in step with his reputation for pragmatism, acknowledged that the organization also had an…



Publicaton – Iran: Resolving the Nuclear Crisis

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet has published a new article in Princeton University and the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs’ (APSIA) Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA):  “American President Barack Obama currently has an unprecedented opportunity to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis. In the first year of his second term,…



Obama versus McCain on Syria and the implications for Iran

As the United States ponders military action in Syria over allegations of the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on Syrian rebels and civilians, Iranian leaders are pondering how to respond. Limited U.S. military action, of the kind proposed by President Barack Obama, could potentially not elicit any kind of response from Iran and…



Chemical weapons use in Syria: An obstacle to Rouhani’s moderate foreign policy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected on a moderate foreign policy platform which promised, among other things, to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, thereby weakening the harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iran for its nuclear program. The Bashar al-Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians and a potential U.S. military response,…