Iran’s Telling Ministerial Confirmation Hearings

by Farideh Farhi Iran’s cabinet confirmation hearings this week were painful, but not for its new president Hassan Rouhani, despite the rejection of 3 out of his 18 ministerial nominees. They were painful for Iran’s hardliners, whose mismanagement of the… Continue Reading  

Effect of Eased Iran Restrictions May Take Time

by Erich C. Ferrari and Samuel Cutler In a move alluded to earlier this week by Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has released General… Continue Reading  

Expect the Unexpected for Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

by Kevan Harris Sociologists sometimes get lucky. In June 2009 I arrived in Tehran for a routine research trip. Over the next several months I witnessed the largest political demonstrations in Iran since 1979. Arising from protests against the results… Continue Reading