Iran’s Upcoming Election and the GCC Nations

by Jesse Schatz Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s death on January 8 was a major blow for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s traditionally marginalized reformists and moderates. The former Iranian president’s passing raised many questions about how the Iranian regime, without… Continue Reading  

Rafsanjani: The Death of the Ayatollah Machiavelli

by Eldar Mamedov In October 2013, I was part of a delegation of the Social-Democratic Group of the European Parliament (EP) to Iran. The trip, which took place shortly before the Geneva nuclear interim agreement was reached between the P5+1… Continue Reading  

Why Iran’s Parliament Matters

by Reza H. Akbari Iranians went to the polls on February 26 to vote for the new members of parliament as well as the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body in charge of electing and removing the country’s most powerful… Continue Reading  

Iran Elections: The Assembly of Experts

by Small Media Later this month, Iranians will vote in the first elections since the 2013 presidential elections that swept Hassan Rouhani into office. In our previous blog post we showed how the parliamentary elections on February 26 are pretty… Continue Reading