Did Bad Economic Conditions Cause Iran’s protests?

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Like other Iranian president before him, President Hassan Rouhani is having a bad second term. Only six months after his decisive re-election, protesters were in streets shouting “Death to Rouhani.” Then came a sharp fall in the… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Economy Recovers in Time for New Sanctions

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani As Washington gets ready for President Trump to throw the first stone in the killing of the Iran nuclear deal next week, Iranians are trying to preserve their hard-won gains from the agreement. After three years of… Continue Reading  

The Economic Backdrop to Iran’s Elections

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has described Iran’s parliamentary election this Friday as critical, setting the course for years to come. It will certainly set the course for the rest of President Hassan Rouhani’s presidency, especially whether it… Continue Reading  

Sanctions Lifted But Economic Challenges Remain for Iran

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani If there is a big economic payoff to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the lifting of international sanctions against Iran, the financial markets in Tehran are not yet impressed. The rial… Continue Reading  

Changing Course on Economy in Iran

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani On October 13, Iran’s parliament approved the July 14 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the Council of Guardians granted final approval a day later. The parliament proceedings were heated. One… Continue Reading