Will Iran Move towards Détente with Saudi Arabia?
While Hassan Rouhani's strong language against Donald Trump attracted attention of the international media, in his speech for the Iranian diplomats, the president also offered a reconciliation with regional states including Saudi Arabia. Is this a sign of Tehran's shift in Middle East policy?Read More
Rouhani and Reformists, a Faltering Alliance?
The link between Rouhani and the Reformist camp appears weaker than ever.Read More
Bracing for Tough Times: A new wave of pressure on Iranian Reformists on the way
A fresh round of arrests and judicial decrees against the Reformists has been interpreted as the clarion call of a new era in Iran’s domestic policy.Read More
The Art of Turning Threats into Opportunities: On Hassan Rouhani’s UNGA speech
By Hassan Beheshtipour, senior international affairs analyst.Read More
Facts and Figures about Hassan Rouhani’s Second Cabinet and the Parliament’s Vote of Confidence
Here are 10 facts about the recent parliamentary vote of confidence on President Rouhani’s proposed ministers.Read More
Glass Ceiling Remains Intact in Rouhani’s New Cabinet
Who were the three women Rouhani had nominated as ministers but failed to appoint at the end of the day?Read More
Heavy Lobbying as Parliament Prepares to Vote on Rouhani’s Proposed Ministers
Lobbies and negotiations by the ministers proposed to the parliament have peaked. The Majlis will begin to vet the qualification of the proposed ministers on Tuesday. At least two ministers are reportedly going to have difficult job in eliciting a vote of confidence from the parliament.Read More
Rouhani or Trump-- That is the Question
Rouhani’s inauguration speech calls on world leaders to make their choiceRead More
What We Know about President Hassan Rouhani’s Second Administration, So Far
Hassan Rouhani will be inaugurated in Majlis for a second term as Iran’s president. Here’s the latest updates on the change he is to make in his administration.Read More
Ebrahim Raisi after the Election
In the wake of the presidential race, candidate Ebrahim Raisi multiplied his appearances in the media. In an interview with Fararu, political analyst Mohammad Sadegh Javadihesar has discussed Raisi’s increased activities.Read More
All Rumors about Hassan Rouhani’s Recently Arrested Brother Hossein Fereidoun
Hossein Fereydoun has been briefly detained and then released by Judiciary over financial charges. Here’s an A-Z review of all the rumors around the controversial brother of President Hassan Rouhani.Read More
Will the Glass Ceiling Finally Crack in Hassan Rouhani’s Government?
Who are the women Hassan Rouhani is considering to work with in the 12th administration?Read More
Four Reasons Javad Zarif Should Continue as Iran’s Foreign Minister
Reformist website Entekhab recounts the benefits of the 57-year old diplomat remaining in his post.Read More
Rouhani’s Second Administration: A major facelift to come
Observers reading between the lines of Rouhani’s recent remarks believe the President has been listening to public voices, calling for a sea change in the cabinet.Read More
Principlists Blame Tehran Terrorist Attacks on Hassan Rouhani
A number of Principlists are blaming the Reformists and the Rouhani administration for Tehran terrorist attacks. Bad timing for revenge, say pro-reform analysts.Read More
What Are Rouhani’s Goal for Economy and Foreign Policy?
A detailed look at Iran president’s election white paper.Read More
How the Principlist Camp Failed to Wrest Power from Rouhani
Rouhani’s rivals tried to build up their campaign through bipolarization and shooting back-to-back allegations of corruption against the administration. Iranians, however, voted for stability.Read More
Rouhani Campaigns against Rivals in Tit-for-Tat
President Rouhani has just started to campaign as recklessly as his contenders. And they have become furious.Read More
100 Reasons to Vote for Hassan Rouhani
Pro-reform newspaper Aftab Yazd has published an article by Ayat Gheisarbeigi who has listed one hundred reasons why Iranians should vote for Hassan Rouhani again in the upcoming presidential election. Here is a translation of the list.Read More
How will Iran’s Six Presidential Candidates Campaign
The finale of the presidential race is quickly approaching, as the mainstream political factions in Iran face a rare balanced showdown, at least in the number of candidates.Read More
Recorded or Live? Decision on broadcasting presidential debates sparks controversy.
Electoral campaign supervision committee has opted for recorded broadcasting of presidential debates. A decision many believe will kill the election mood.Read More
Vice President Jahangiri to Run beside President Rouhani in Election, Defending and Fending for Him
Fair play dictates unprecedented move, where Iran’s sitting President and Vice President run for office.Read More
Iran’s South Pars Phoenix Rises from Ashes
Iran inaugurates mega project in South Pars, saying it is now finally in the lead over production from a giant field it shares with Qatar.Read More
Iran’s Dilemma in Syria
By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi.Read More
Has Rouhani’s support base shrank before the upcoming presidential election?
Moderate website Fararu investigates challenges President Hassan Rouhani will face in the upcoming presidential election.Read More
Ayatollah Hashemi’s Death to Boost Rouhani’s Chances of Reelection
In an interview with moderate website Fararu, reformist activist Azar Mansouri reviews the most important events in the last Persian calendar year that ended on March 21.Read More
A New Milestone in Iran-Russia Relations
By Kaveh L. AfrasiabiRead More
What Is on Rouhani’s Agenda in His Visit to Moscow?
Iran’s president visits Moscow at a juncture where bilateral ties are of utmost importance for both countries. By Hossein Malaek, Iran’s former ambassador to China.Read More