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Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani

Negotiating with Iran under Rouhani Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated earlier this week amid much speculation about whether his presidency will also inaugurate a new round of diplomacy over nuclear issues with the West. This Update deals with the realities and pitfalls likely to present themselves as the possibility

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate

A small "stinging blow" from Iran's electorate Categories: Iran     Author: Abbas Milani

Patient resilience has long been a characteristic of the Iranian people. In times of adversity - and the increasing authoritarianism of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards allies, combined with the corrupt and inefficient populism of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ban

Teheran's New Face

Teheran's New Face Categories: Iran     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Iran has surprised the world again. Following the unpredicted elections of the outspoken Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005 and the outgoing Mohammad Khatami in 1997, Iranian voters have now elected Hassan Rouhani, the less radical of six candidates, thus confounding diplomats, spies and statesmen. While

Editorial: No Time for Nuclear Honeymoon Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president - the most moderate, or rather, the least extreme of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's hand-picked slate of candidates - certainly appears to signal that the Iranian people want internal reforms, relief from their highly repressive re

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani Categories: Iran, Updates    

This Update is devoted to analyses of the impact of the surprise election of Hassan Rouhani (spellings in English are currently varying widely across international media), the most "moderate" of the eight candidates permitted to run in the Iranian Presidential election.

The Iranian Presidential poll

The Iranian Presidential poll Categories: Iran, Updates    

With Iranians going to the polls today to "choose" a new president (though of course only one from among the small minority of candidates approved by the clerical establishment - and even then, vote-rigging may well occur) this Update is our guide to the candidates, the significance

The Futile Quest for "Moderates"

The Futile Quest for "Moderates" Categories: Iran     Author: Michael Rubin

On May 21, Iran's unelected Guardian Council presented its slate of approved candidates to run in the Islamic Republic's June 2013 presidential elections. Of the more than 600 who sought to have their name on the ballot, it gave the go-ahead to only eight. They range from hardline supporters of Iran

All the Ayatollah's Men

All the Ayatollah's Men Categories: Iran     Author: Abbas Milani

Here they go again: Every four years, theocratic Iran holds presidential elections. If that sounds like a contradiction, if not an oxymoron, that's because it is. On the one hand, virtually all power ostensibly rests with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who claims to represent God's ultimate sovereignt

Iranian Election dramas/ Western Apologists for Iran

Iranian Election dramas/ Western Apologists for Iran Categories: Iran, Updates    

Western governments will be closely observing the Iranian election process in the leading up to the Presidential poll on June 14 in the hopes that the outcome may encourage a change that will allow a diplomatic resolution to the impasse over Iran's nuclear program - though of course,

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears;  Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that

Media Week - So near, and yet so far; Justified fears; Shalom Salam; Justice done; Conspiracy-land; Howe's that Categories: Anti-Zionism, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

On Fairfax's "Daily Life" site (April 23) Ruby Hamad, who has previously penned some ill-informed and one-sided pieces on Israel, presented a sober account of the escalating restrictions imposed by Hamas on Gazans. Unfortunately her explanation for Gaza's economic difficulties was entirely predicta

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