Principle and Pragmatism, Here and Abroad

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by Paul R. Pillar In a story out of Tehran, President Hassan Rouhani, who in the Iranian political context merits the labels “reformist” and “moderate”, is being pushed by others in the reformist camp who believe he has not been… Continue Reading  

The Profound Meaning of Iran’s Elections

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by Farideh Farhi The countrywide official results of the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections are not yet finalized, and in any case a detailed analysis of the numbers requires more time. The Guardian has a good round-up of approximate… Continue Reading  

Why Iran’s Parliament Matters

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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  

Have Human Rights in Iran Deteriorated after the Nuclear Deal?

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by Derek Davison The case of the now-convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, covered in detail by Ali Gharib in this space last week, is only the most glaring example supporting the idea that the human rights situation in Iran… Continue Reading  

The Green Movement Stirs and Rouhani Responds

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by LobeLog’s Tehran correspondent On February 14, Iran’s Green Movement leaders will enter their fifth year of house arrest. Despite his implicit campaign promise, President Hassan Rouhani has been unable to gain the release of former Prime Minister Mir Hossein… Continue Reading