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Assembly of Experts

The New Iranian Parliament Is Loyal to Khamenei but Advocating for Rouhani

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.03.2017 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The message of these elections to global powers is that they should approach Iran with respect rather than with threats and drop anti-Iranian rhetoric. Iranians who went to the voting booths have a palpable sense of the indifference of the West to the existence of democracy and elections in Iran. They know that any claims by the West to respect public participation in Iran loses its credibility, because they see that Western allies in the region have zero democracy.

What the Defeat of Iran's Hard-Liners Means

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 03.01.2017 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

A clear path for hope in the future has been opened up by these elections. The hard-liners that have isolated Iran and repressed its people are on the wane.

Why the Iranian Elections Are a Turning Point

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 03.01.2017 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

We all know that the Iranian elections will change nothing immediately, but we also know that these elections are the closest that the Iranian public can come to shaping the country's future. The real effects of the elections will be felt in the next few years, when the battle for the next supreme leader starts. What happened in the Iranian elections is thus even more significant than Hassan Rouhani's victory in the presidential elections of 2013.

Iran To Hold First Elections Since Nuclear Deal, But Don't Expect Change Overnight

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | World

Iranian voters head to the polls Friday for the first elections since last year’s nuclear agreement. They will choose members of the next parliament...

Iran's Hardliners Might Be Making a Comeback -- And the West Should Pay Attention

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The power struggle in Iran between the hardliners on one side and moderates, pragmatists and reformists on the other, will not only decide the future of the most important nation in the Middle East, it will also affect the entire region. The West should pay attention to the struggle and support the moderate coalition against the hardliners by reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.

A Cabal in the College of Mullahs?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?

Iran: Is Larijani the New Rafsanjani?

John Ghazvinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Ghazvinian

Where should we be looking for an early indication of which way things might go in Iran's election crisis? Two words: Watch Larijani.