Category: Analysis

Iran protests: why Rouhani’s foes are backing off their hard line

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Christian Science Monitor on the recent Iran protests: “It is clear that Rouhani is weakened compared to this time last year” after his reelection, says Farzan Sabet, a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. The president’s signature achievements are “in tatters,” he…



Iran calls new U.S. sanctions a violation of nuclear deal

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Washington Post on Iran’s response to new U.S. sanctions: Iran survived some of the toughest sanctions “through a combination of the power of diplomacy and deterrent defensive power,” the Associated Press quoted Rouhani as saying. During his second term, Iran will “insist on constructive…



Iran’s holding presidential elections. Here are the candidates to watch.

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new article for the Washington Post Monkey Cage: Iran’s official month-long presidential campaign period kicked off last week in the run-up to the May 19 election. While former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidacy garnered international headlines, the real major development came when Ebrahim Raisi — touted as a…



On the Verge of Defeat in Iraq, the Islamic State takes aim at Iran in new video

The Islamic State (IS) has released a new propaganda video aimed at the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian Sunni Muslims. It accuses the Islamic Republic of oppressing Sunni Muslims while tolerating Jews, threatens it with destruction, and calls on Iranian Sunnis to rise up against their government. The video, entitled “Persia: Between Yesterday and…



The Rouhani Presidency at Three

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new article for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swept into office in August 2013 with a slim majority built on a message of “hope and prudence” and an election campaign that promised to end Iran’s international isolation, bring economic prosperity, and expand…



Iran’s 2016 Elections: Change or Continuity?

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written a new report for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: “Iran’s moderate alliance made gains in recent parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections. Composed of the country’s centrist and reformist political currents, this group refers to itself as moderate in the Iranian context to appeal to voters by…



Interviews in the Toronto Star, Newsweek, & RFE/RL on the 2016 Iranian Elections

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet recently spoke to the Toronto Star, Newsweek, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the 2016 Iranian Elections. See the interviews below: The Star: “In Iran, Friday’s tightly controlled elections will be pivotal for moderates: Analysis” Newsweek: “Iran Elections: Why They Matter” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: “Nine Takeaways From Iran’s Elections”



Ayatollah V President: The clash of visions over Iran’s opening to the West

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet has written an article about the clash of visions between Iran’s supreme leader and president that could shape Iran’s relations with the West, in New America Weekly: “The Islamic Republic of Iran recently marked the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, which heralded a decisive break in the…



Rouhani disheartened by mass disqualification of aspiring 2016 Iran election candidates

Mass disqualification Preliminary reports appear to indicate the there has been mass disqualification of aspiring candidates by the Council of Guardians ahead of the 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliamentary) and Assembly of Experts elections. According to Tasnim News Agency, only 4,720 out of a total of 12,123 aspiring candidates have been qualified to participate…



Check out Majlis Monitor on Iran’s upcoming 2016 elections

Majlis Monitor, an election monitoring and fact-checking platform based out of the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, has put together a series of articles, info-graphics, and videos, explaining various aspects of the upcoming 2016 Iranian Islamic Consultative Assembly (or “Majlis”) elections. We have linked a sample below which may be of interest…