IranElections2021Apr 14, 2021
Iran’s botched handling of the coronavirus may impact June election
By Masoud Mostajabi
Given the economic uncertainty, unrest in the upcoming election season is possible. An excessive vaccination fee, rumors of nepotism as the vaccination programs roll out, black market distribution of vaccines, or distribution of fake vaccines could ignite a wildfire—especially under current circumstances.
IranElections2021Apr 12, 2021
Iran’s June elections could consolidate hardline power before Khamenei succession
For hardliners in Iran, the June 18 presidential election is less about choosing a new executive branch chief than about consolidating power centers before the time comes to choose Iran’s real ruler: the next Supreme Leader.
IranElections2021Apr 2, 2021
Social media helps and hurts Iranian elections. Here’s how.
By Amir Rashidi
The internet has always been one of the most challenging issues for the Iranian government, especially during elections. Over the past three years alone, Iran has tried to meet this challenge on numerous occasions by shutting down the internet during nationwide protests or blocking popular apps and websites.
IranElections2021Mar 29, 2021
Why would anyone—including Mohammad Javad Zarif—want to be Iran’s president?
By John Limbert
Zarif might seem highly qualified to be president of Iran. However, it remains uncertain whether he has the temperament, the talent, and the stomach for the bear pit of electoral politics.
IranElections2021Mar 16, 2021
Larijani has credentials but not charisma as Iran’s presidential candidate
By Barbara Slavin
Ali Larijani is a veteran official in the Islamic Republic whose long service in a variety of key posts would make him a plausible—if not especially charismatic—candidate in Iran’s upcoming June 18 presidential elections.
IranElections2021Mar 5, 2021
Multiple elections could boost hardline victories in Iran
There are no definite candidates yet in the reformist-moderate camp for obvious reasons—they are likely to lose. Unless there is a drastic change in the political or economic atmosphere that can guarantee a bigger turnout, the candidates of this camp do not have any chance of winning.
IranElections2021Mar 1, 2021
Saeed Mohammad: The young face of the IRGC weighing his political options
By Sina Azodi
Even if Saeed Mohammad does not run in the June elections, he will still remain an influential figure and a rising star within the IRGC cadre, who is likely to play a larger role within the Islamic Republic’s political establishment.
IranElections2021Jan 25, 2021
Iran’s hardliners think Biden might hurt their June presidential election strategy
By Saeid Jafari
Hardliners had hoped that Donald Trump’s re-election would help them to oust the reformist and moderate candidates in June’s presidential election. Now hardliners are concerned that the new US administration will destroy their plans.