U.S.–Iranian Relations after the Nuclear Deal: From Détente to Rapprochement?

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently wrote an article about U.S.-Iranian relations after the nuclear deal in War on the Rocks: “Now that a nuclear deal has been negotiated and is likely to be implemented, what’s next for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s foreign policy? His “World Against Violence and Extremism” (WAVE) initiative may give…



Rouhani call for greater electoral plurality may presage rising post-deal domestic tensions

Hassan Rouhani has called for the Council of Guardians to take a supervisory rather than executive role in elections. But this may have more to do with the Iranian president’s fears of disqualification of his allies than a desire for greater electoral plurality. In a speech on Wednesday 19 August 2015, Hassan Rouhani called for…



After the nuclear agreement, Iran’s supreme leader warns against American penetration

In a speech yesterday Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for an end to Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East, laying these tensions at the feet of the United States. He also stated his staunch opposition to any move toward the Americans, political, economic, cultural, or otherwise. During a meeting with members of Ahl…



Mehdi goes to Evin: Hashemi-Rafsanjani under pressure in lead up to potential 2016 election run

Mehdi Hashemi has surrendered himself to Evin prison to serve a sentence on political and economic charges. Mehdi’s imprisonment may have been a preemptive strike against Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani’s participation in the upcoming 2016 elections and highlights this once mighty figures continued political decline. Mehdi goes to prison Iranians awoke on 09 August 2015 to…



Banning of “He Who Said No” and the undermining of Iranian culture

The withdrawal of Ahmad-Reza Darvish’s “He Who Said No”, an acclaimed film about revered Shi’a figure Imam Hossein, from Iranian cinemas this past week highlights how censorship in Iran continues to be an obstacle to the indigenous production of culture. This past week director Ahmad-Reza Darvish’s award winning film Rooz-e Rastakhiz (entitled “He Who Said…



Khamenei speech suggests possible tension over parts of Iran deal

In his Eid-e Fitr sermon following the signing of the nuclear agreement Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was ambivalent toward the deal, thanking Iran’s negotiating team but expressing pessimism about whether the deal marked a rapprochement with the United States. In his Eid-e Fitr sermon closely following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan…



Iran after the nuclear crisis

The Iranian nuclear crisis, which has come to define the last 12 years of the tumultuous post-revolution U.S.-Iran relationship is at an end. But this is an end which is also a beginning. The process of engagement which led to negotiations, which in turn led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has enabled…



Rouhani calls for greater transparency in how Iran prosecutes political crimes

President Hassan Rouhani has called for greater judicial transparency to change how the Islamic Republic prosecutes “political crimes”, which are currently vaguely defined in the Iranian judicial system. A law to do precisely this has been sitting in a parliamentary commission for some time. Could President Rouhani’s highlighting of this issue help give momentum to…



Interview – A primer on Iranian politics: and how they could derail a nuclear deal even after it’s signed

IranPolitik co-founder and managing editor Farzan Sabet recently conducted a Q&A on the domestic politics of implementing a final nuclear agreement in Iran with The Atlantic: “Kathy Gilsinan: Say the negotiators actually strike a nuclear deal. How does the Iranian system process it domestically? Does parliament have to pass laws to implement it? Can the…



General Jazayeri: “Absolutely no permission shall be given to foreigners for any type of access to military centers”

On Sunday 14 June 2015, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri joined a cacophony of voices in Iran denouncing any type of inspections of Iranian military facilities by foreigners as part of a final nuclear agreement. He was quoted by Islamic Students’ News Agency (ISNA) as saying: “The armed…