IranInsight|Showcasing a Multifaceted Iran

As Iran’s May 19 presidential elections approach, incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is still favored to win. But he faces five opponents, including two conservatives who have the potential to pose a real challenge to him – Tehran mayor Mohamad-Baqer Qalibaf and Ibrahim Raisi, the custodian of Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad.

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At a press conference on Thursday with the Italian Prime Minister, President Trump was asked by a Fox News reporter whether Iran had cheated on the landmark nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers in 2015.

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The Trump administration has done more to unify the Iranian American community than any of its predecessors.

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Khuzestan, the Iranian province whose oil once illuminated European streets, is now recurrently left in darkness.

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The news shocked Iran: controversial former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered to run again for president in the May 19 election. In front of tens of reporters, he visited the Interior Ministry on April 12 and filed the necessary documents. 

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If there’s one lesson from the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it’s that surprises are always possible—even if the polls say otherwise. On May 19th, Iranians will cast their ballots to elect the next president of Iran and it is useful to keep that lesson in mind.

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President Hassan Rouhani, who is running for re-election May 19, is one of the pragmatic forces of the Islamic Republic who has a background in the Islamic Republic’s national security establishment. He served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator from 2003-2005.

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Iranians know better than most the horrors of chemical warfare.

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During the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam Hussein’s missiles and bombs lit up the skies over Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, and various frontier towns. It was a blitzkrieg of a campaign, initiated by Baghdad with the intent of inflicting mass civilian casualties.

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Iran’s involvement in Syria's civil war is the Islamic Republic’s first overt foreign policy intervention in the Middle East and its most enduring.

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