Category: Analysis

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…



Iran Election Watch 2016: High numbers register to run in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections

With the end of registration for aspiring candidates who want to participate in Iran’s upcoming 2016 parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, Minister of Interior Abdol-Reza Rahmani-Fazli announced a high turnout. According to government figures 12123 people registered for parliamentary elections, over 100 percent more than in the previous 2012 election, while 801 individuals registered…



Iran Election Watch 2016: Larijani refuses to join conservative electoral alliance

The Principalist Alliance Central Council (PACC) has been formed, with Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel as its spokesman, in the hopes of uniting Iran’s conservative current in the lead up to the 2016 parliamentary election. But Ali Larijani’s refusal to join could sustain or even strengthen conservative disunity in this election and beyond. As we have argued…



Iran Election Watch 2016: Trends to watch for in the upcoming Iranian parliamentary elections

Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, or parliamentary, elections fast approach on 26 February 2016. This short article looks at trends which may shape the disposition of Iran’s political forces ahead of this vote. The election is particularly important because, as with other Iranian legislative elections, it could reshape the balance of power in the Islamic Republic…