Rouhani’s Second Term Begins

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by Farideh Farhi Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began his second term with the nomination of 17 proposed ministers for his 18-member cabinet on Tuesday (the nominee for the ministry of sciences, research, and technology has yet to be proposed). And,… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Conservatives Lose a Presidential Election and More

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by Farideh Farhi In the past two decades, Iranian presidential elections have been accompanied with surprising results and even tumult. Newcomers have won against better known and financed politicians while presumed establishment candidates and assumed winners have done poorly. This… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Presidential Carnival Kicks off

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by Farideh Farhi  In the past two decades, Iran’s presidential election kickoffs have increasingly become occasions for comedy. It did not disappoint this time. During the five-day registration period, beginning on April 11, over 1,600 people signed up (1,636 to… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Conservatives Try a Bit of Democracy: Will It Work?

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by Farideh Farhi Iran’s presidential election is slightly over two months away, and Iran’s conservatives are still struggling to find a candidate to rally around against President Hassan Rouhani who has the support of a fairly unified alliance of moderates… Continue Reading  

Rafsanjani’s Legacy

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by Farideh Farhi Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the man known as the “order’s pillar” (sotun-e nezam), died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. He leaves behind a legacy as complicated and multifaceted as the order (and associated institutions) that he more… Continue Reading