Category: Iran Election Watch

Rouhani, the ultimate insider, promises change in Iran

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the CNN on the challenges President Hassan Rouhani would face in fulfilling his campaign promises and bringing about change during a prospective second term in office: Farzan Sabet at Stanford University’s International Center for Security and Cooperation says Rouhani will need a new, stronger mandate…



In the race to unseat Iran’s Rouhani, two conservatives emerge as front-runners

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by the Washington Post on President Hassan Rouhani’s main rivals in the 2017 Iranian Presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf: “The Iranian judiciary is by its nature very conservative and takes a restrictive approach to social and political freedoms,” said Farzan Sabet, a fellow at…



Rouhani Fires Away at Leading Rival a Week Before Iran Election

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by Bloomberg Politics on the counterattacks by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani against his 2017 presidential election rivals following the second debate: Rouhani has been “walking a fine line,” Farzan Sabet of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, said before Friday’s debate. While “taking the…



What We Learned From Iran’s Presidential Debate: QuickTake Q&A

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article by Bloomberg Politics on the first debate in the 2017 Iranian presidential elections. His complete comments, not featured in full in the the article, can be found below. What would you say about Rouhani’s performance? Did he stand his own? And was he convincing enough as…



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…



Interview – Iran’s Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

IranPolitik’s Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2017 Iranian presidential elections by Agence France-Presse (AFP): Analyst Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation in Stanford University, said his registration was indeed “shocking”. But his motivation “may be to send an implicit threat to the Guardian Council…



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…



Interview – 4 reasons Iran’s new parliament is a really big deal

IranPolitik managing editor Farzan Sabet was recently featured in an article on the 2016 Iranian parliamentary elections in Vox: “But when I spoke with Farzan Sabet, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, he cautioned against overstating the significance of pro-Rouhani moderate gains in the parliament. Even with the…



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”