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10th July 2013 – National Post

Iran’s New President a Reformist? Hardly.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Say what you wish about Iran’s newly elected president’s supposedly moderate credentials. There is little doubt that Hassan Rouhani won the vote... more...

10th July 2013 – Foreign Policy

Iranian Election Reflections (Part 3)

John Hannah

As others have noted, the fact that Hasan Rouhani's overwhelming victory in Iran's presidential election may not have been Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's... more...

9th July 2013 – Foreign Policy

Iranian Election Reflections (Part 2)

John Hannah

For what it's worth, my own view is that it's hard to see how Hasan Rouhani's landslide victory in Iran's presidential election could have been Supreme Leader... more...

3rd July 2013 – Foreign Policy

Iranian Election Reflections (Part 1)

John Hannah

For me, perhaps the most striking thing about Iran's presidential election was that almost no one predicted the result -- an overwhelming first-round victory for Hasan Rouhani... more...

27th June 2013 – Quoted by Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg

Sony Reports Tech Sales to Iran That May Violate Sanction

Mark Dubowitz

Sony Corp. (6758) sold almost $13 million in video and medical equipment to dealers in Dubai that resold the gear in Iran, the company said. The recipients included... more...

21st June 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Meet the New Mullah

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iranians aren’t wrong to celebrate the presidential victory of Hassan Rouhani. It is a (small) thumb in the eye of the country’s clerical ruler, Ali Khamenei. more...

21st June 2013 – VOA News


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi analyzes the meaning of Iran's recent elections, assesses developments in Syria, and comments on Turkish protests. more...

20th June 2013 – Quoted by Alana Goodman, The Washington Free Beacon

New Iranian President Tied to 1994 Bombing

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani was on the special Iranian government committee that plotted the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires... more...

18th June 2013 – The World Today, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Iran President-Elect Promises Nuclear Transparency

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's president-elect Hasan Rohani is promising closer ties with the West during his term in power. He says relations with the US are an old wound that needs to be healed. more...

17th June 2013 – BBC World Service

World Have Your Say

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz debates the impact of Hassan Rouhani's victory in the recent Iranian election. more...

17th June 2013 – BBC World Service


Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iranian election and what Hassan Rouhani's victory means for the countries nuclear program. more...

17th June 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Iran President Talks Moderation, Maintains Nuclear Goal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Western hopes that Iran's newly elected president signals a new moderate shift by the mullahs who run the country may be misplaced, given Hasan Rowhani's support... more...

17th June 2013 – The New York Times

Rowhani Is a Tool of Iran’s Rulers

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The odds are poor that the election of Hassan Rowhani to the presidency will change Iranian society or diminish the power of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his praetorians... more...

17th June 2013 – The Atlantic

Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Rouhani

Mark Dubowitz

Good riddance: The end of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad era should be welcomed by all who want to see a free and democratic Iran and a peaceful resolution to the ongoing... more...

14th June 2013 – Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari, The Wall Street Journal

Iranian Electioneering on U.S. Soil

Mark Dubowitz

Civil War buffs know Manassas, Va., as the site of the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, but tomorrow the city will play a bit role in Iran's presidential election. Indeed, Manassas... more...

14th June 2013 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iranian election and its effect on their nuclear program. more...

14th June 2013 – The Atlantic

Iran Has a Presidential Selection, Not an Election

Mark Dubowitz

"Some people may, for whatever reason, not desire to support the regime of the Islamic Republic, but they certainly want to support their country," said Iran's Supreme Leader... more...

13th June 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Iran’s Meaningless Presidential Elections

Clifford D. May

The Islamic Republic of Iran is holding its eleventh presidential election on Friday. It’s all very exciting — just as it was in 1979 when, right after the Iranian Revolution... more...

7th June 2013 – Cited by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Presidential Election Offers Limited Options

Iranians will have few good options in the country’s June 14 presidential election, according to Radio Free Europe correspondent and Iran expert Golnaz Esfandiari. more...

5th June 2013 – Fox News

Embracing the Stone Age: Iran Retains Medieval Penalty for Adultery

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran just doesn't want to leave the Stone Age. The Islamic Republic's Sharia law-controlled judiciary dismissed the concerns of critics of its barbaric penal system and voted to... more...

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