Monday 22 May 2017
May 16, 2017
Understanding China's One Belt, One Road Plan
China took its sprawling plan for an intercontinental trade network to the world stage this week with a high-profile summit attended by more than two dozen world leaders. But can Beijing pull off this ambitious bid to build exponentially on the former Silk Road trade route?
May 15, 2017
Here Are The Smears Marring Iran's Election(s)
While elections in Iran look like slug-it-out campaigns, with many of the trappings of competition -- government critics, disagreement on high-profile issues, and televised public debates -- they are kept tightly in check by unelected officials under the country's clerically dominated system.
May 14, 2017
Slogans Of Gender Equality Ring Out At Rouhani Rally
The 12,000 capacity Azadi stadium was the venue for one of president Hassan Rouhani’s campaign events. Women, who are banned from entering stadiums during sports events, were allowed to enter. But they were determined to speak their minds.
May 11, 2017
Iran Guards Look Beyond Election To Next Supreme Leader
Determined to protect a dominant security role and vast economic interests, Iran's Revolutionary Guards military force is quietly backing a hardliner in May 19 presidential polls, with an eye towards a bigger prize: the succession of the supreme leader.
May 10, 2017
Iran election's theatrics, frank discourse push boundaries
From a former president disobeying the supreme leader to open discussion of a 1980s mass execution, Iran’s presidential election is pushing the boundaries of what can be discussed in public and done online, a small but noticeable shift in the country’s clerically overseen polls.
May 09, 2017
Interview: Michael Rubin On Nuclear Deal With Iran
April 29, 2017
Iran’s Populism at The Polls
Iran’s presidential election, set for May 19, has been transformed into a battlefield for a gamut of populists. Some candidates from among the top political elite have downgraded their economic manifestos to unattainable demagogic promises, writes Radio Farda economy analyst Fereidoun Khavand in two recent Persian language op-eds.
April 28, 2017
Profiles: Candidates In Race For Iran's Presidency
Here are brief descriptions of each of the six men who have been approved by the Guardians Council to run in Iran's upcoming presidential vote. A first round is scheduled for May 19, with a possible second-round runoff if no candidate gets more than half o