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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Iran’s choice. Haleh Esfandiari previews [1] Iran’s presidential election.

Four things to know about Iran’s election. Thomas Juneau explains [2] what’s at stake in the Iranian election.

What future will Iran choose? Reza Marashi considers [3] the possible outcomes.

Rouhani’s unlikely supporters. Sussan Tahmasebi explains [4] why they support Rouhani’s re-election.


My strange trip through Iran’s heartland. Thomas Erdbrink reports [5] on his pre-election journey.

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#1 Comment By Jay C On May 20, 2017 @ 9:37 am

Annnnd: just for the record: Rouhani won reelection with an unambiguous 57% victory, with turnout described as “high”.

#2 Comment By a spencer On May 20, 2017 @ 10:26 am

Interesting the Qalibaf dropping out last week didn’t help Raisi at all. And turnout helps Rouhani make gains in Parliament. Seems like Rouhani now has advantages Khatami didn’t have. We’ll see what becomes of it.

#3 Comment By a spencer On May 20, 2017 @ 2:21 pm

I know there are Iranians who read this board and I’m curious:

What do you think is Qalibaf’s future? Once positioned as the Golden Boy he’s now on the verge of ‘perpetual candidate’ status. Also, he’s painted as arch conservative but has been the mayor of a very large city, parts of which are quite liberal relatively speaking. He’s still pretty young.

So often the world outside Iran sees the Republic only through a foreign policy lens, but this is a country more than twice the size of France with a lot of domestic issues. It is disheartening that so many US/UK pundits want desperately to sabotage whatever progress Iran makes and they apparently still have the ear of powerful players in the Beltway.

Trump needs to shut up about The Deal, not impose sanctions, allow Rouhani room to breathe domestically. Even Ahmadinejad – excellent at retail politics, visiting every province – promoted expansion of health care. The succession for Supreme Leader may now be in upheaval with Raisi’s drubbing. Rouhani may have a unique opportunity. A young country is maturing pretty much the way the most optimistic of us would think it could with patience and non-intervention.

Though the Bahai are still probably screwed.

What is the effect and status of the subsidy reform plan?

Thanks to anyone who cares to respond.

#4 Comment By CharleyCarp On May 21, 2017 @ 11:27 am

|| The President has famously been saying, and apparently believes, that peace between Israel and the Arab World is much easier to achieve than most people think. Here’s a scary thought, brought on by (a) his speech in Riyadh and (b) stupid stuff some folks were saying 15 years ago: Does the President believe that peace between I/P would readily follow regime change in Iran? |>