Iran’s Elections: What You Need to Know


by Ellie Geranmayeh On May 19, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds presidential elections, the first following the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is running against five other candidates, approved by Iran’s Guardian Council to compete in… Continue Reading  

Khamenei on Negotiations with US


by Ellie Geranmayeh On Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a significant speech that categorically ruled out negotiations with the United States beyond nuclear issues. The anti-US rhetoric itself was unsurprising given that the speech marked the 27th… Continue Reading  

Rouhani’s Post-Election Openings and Challenges


by Ellie Geranmayeh Despite their limited choice, Iranian voters opted to back a strategy that diluted the power of radical hardliners within the Islamic Republic rather than conceding the political game to them. Last week’s election results strengthened the alignment… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Elections: A Bid to Dilute Hardliners


by Ellie Geranmayeh On Friday Iran will hold elections for its Parliament and Assembly of Experts. This will mark the first time Iranians go to the polls since the start of President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure in 2013. Both the process… Continue Reading  

Iran Implementation Day: What It Means for Europe


by Ellie Geranmayeh The Iran nuclear deal, agreed six months ago entered its most significant phase on 16 January: Implementation Day. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran has fulfilled its core nuclear related commitments as agreed under the Joint… Continue Reading