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June, 2017

  • 2 June

    Iran honouring nuclear deal but nearing heavy-water limit again – IAEA

    Iran has stayed within limits on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with world powers but is close to once again breaching a ceiling on its stock of one chemical, a quarterly report by the U.N. atomic watchdog showed on Friday. The report was the second since the …

  • 2 June

    Tested on all fronts, Iran’s Rouhani may struggle on reforms

    By Parisa Hafezi and Jonathan Saul (Reuters) Growing strains with the United States and political infighting at home threaten Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s plans to expand social freedoms, create jobs and draw in foreign investment, officials and analysts say. Anti-Western hardliners defeated by Rouhani in the presidential election in May appear …

May, 2017

  • 30 May

    Rouhani faces pressure to improve human rights in Iran

    In the week before the May 19 presidential election in Iran, the eventual victor, Hassan Rouhani, criticised the judiciary and the powerful Revolutionary Guards with rhetoric rarely heard in public in the Islamic republic. Now, in the eyes of his supporters, it is time to deliver. Millions of Rouhani’s followers …

  • 11 May

    Mini-Hizballahs, Revolutionary Guard Knock-Offs, 

    Michael Knights & Michael Eisenstadt (   As the war against the Islamic State enters the final stretch, with less than a quarter of Mosul left to liberate, the Iraqi government must decide whether to allow a residual U.S. military support mission to stay on in Iraq. Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militias have …

  • 11 May

    Iran’s Supreme Leader warns against disrupting presidential vote

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Wednesday that any attempts to disrupt the presidential election on May 19 would be dealt with harshly. The vote has shaped up to be primarily a contest between incumbent president Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist who has campaigned on a platform of opening …

  • 11 May

    The Non-Choice in Iran

    Iranian voters head to the polls later this month to elect their next president, without much of a choice. The contest is shaping up as a race between several Islamic hard-liners and one hard-liner whom the Western media prefer to cast as a moderate. The unelected Guardian Council eliminated more …

  • 11 May

    Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election: Economics, Politics, and National Security

    With Patrick Clawson, Nader Uskowi, and Mehdi Khalaji

  • 9 May

    Iran Guards look beyond election to next supreme leader

    Determined to protect a dominant security role and vast economic interests, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards military force is quietly backing a hardliner in May 19 presidential polls, with an eye toward a bigger prize: the succession of the supreme leader. President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate elected in 2013 in a …

  • 8 May

    Iran’s Presidential Election: The Clergy’s Political Irrelevance

    Mehdi Khalaji (The Washington Institute) The clergy’s decreasing role in Iranian politics is becoming more visible than ever in the current presidential campaign. Two major clerical institutions issued their candidate endorsements much later than expected this year, and the relevance of their advocacy is questionable. The Association of Qom Seminary Teachers, …

  • 7 May

    Iranian supreme leader critical of ‘Western-influenced’ Rouhani education plan

    Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday criticized the government of President Hassan Rouhani for promoting a “Western-influenced” United Nations education plan which his hardline allies have said contradicts Islamic principles. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks came ahead of May 19 polls, in which the president is seeking re-election. “In this country, the …