Iran Sanctions: How Deep Will They Bite?

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani For anyone watching the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League final, hosted in Tehran’s Azadi stadium on Saturday, the only disappointment was the nil-nil score that denied Iran’s team first place in Asia. The stadium scene was… Continue Reading  

Bazaar Protest Sign of Iranian Pessimism

by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani It’s not every day that Iran’s bazaar merchants close their shops to protest high prices. They are of course not protesting the high price of bread or chicken, whose prices have not increased, but of dollars, which… Continue Reading  

Did Bad Economic Conditions Cause Iran’s protests?

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

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

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