IranElections2021Jun 15, 2021
The JCPOA but not much else: Modest expectations for US-Iran relations post Rouhani
By Barbara Slavin
For the US and Iran, an Ebrahim Raisi presidency could portend not much beyond a return to a 2015 nuclear agreement that traded limited sanctions relief for time-bound curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities.
IranElections2021Jun 14, 2021
Hemmati: The dark horse of the Iranian presidential election?
By Ali Dadpay
One wonders if the former Central Bank of Iran governor Abdolnaser Hemmati, a moderate, stands a chance. His performance in the debates and his wife’s appearance in an interview have certainly garnered attention.
IranSourceJun 1, 2021
A Raisi presidential win may be his undoing as future Supreme Leader
Conventional wisdom is that the election will facilitate Ebrahim Raisi’s ascent to the real decision-making post in Iran—that of Supreme Leader. But nothing is ever certain in Iran’s contentious politics.
IranElections2021May 28, 2021
Khamenei is dropping Iran’s democratic façade
By Borzou Daragahi
The Supreme Leader for years has been agitating to find what he describes as a new generation of young and pious “revolutionaries” to take the helm of the country’s institutions. That aim may be taking priority.
IranSourceMay 7, 2021
Iran’s presidential elections don’t matter. Here’s why.
By Shahin Milani
While the final list of candidates will not be announced by the Guardian Council before May 26, it can be said with certainty that whoever emerges victorious will not have a material impact on Iran’s domestic or foreign policy.
IranSourceMay 6, 2021
Supreme Leader directly intervenes in Iran’s June vote
Khamenei’s interventions might have helped the hardliners camp eliminate its strongest competition but he definitely has not been able to resolve the big differences and gaps inside his own camp to bring its top figures into agreement on a single candidate.