Category: News

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…



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…



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…



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…



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…



Iranian armed forces deputy chief joins cacophony against American “infiltration”

A recent speech by the Iranian armed forces deputy commander underlies President Hassan Rouhani’s relative isolation when it comes to the Islamic Republic’s campaign against American “infiltration”. At an event on Thursday 12 November 2015 commemorating the death of Hassan Tehrani-Moghaddam, a father of Iran’s missile program, a new and influential voice was added to…