Learning to Lose in Iran


by Shervin Malekzadeh Win or lose, it has become obvious that the fortunes of Hassan Rouhani and his administration remain bound to the memory of 2009 and the Green Movement. Calls for the release of the movement’s imprisoned leaders by… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Conservatives Lose a Presidential Election and More


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  

What Future Will Iran Choose?


by Reza Marashi As Iranians head to the polls to vote in their presidential elections on Friday, much attention has rightly focused on the choice they will make. The incumbent Hassan Rouhani, and his hefty coalition of reformists and pragmatists,… Continue Reading  

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  

Short Briefing Paper on Iran’s Upcoming Presidential Elections


by The Iran Project  Do Iran’s Presidential Elections Matter? Iranian presidents are sandwiched between the Supreme Leader (the ultimate decider),parliament, and the Guardian Council (the arbiter of law’s conformity with Islam). Together,these institutions have a direct say and exercise veto powers… Continue Reading