Alireza Nader: Iran’s Elections to End All Elections

Alireza Nader sees the next Presidential elections in Iran in June 2013 to go either of two ways. A further consolidation of power of the Supreme Leader, through effectively preventing the Guardian Council of accepting any candidate which would be tempted to ride his own track. The next President should be very loyal and consult with…

June 2013 Presidential elections in Iran — basic facts

The Presidential elections in Iran will be held on 14 June 2013.  Incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in his second term, after having been elected in 2005 and 2009. He will not be able to run for a third term. Though, allegedly he is grooming a close confidant to succeed him.  Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s…

The Syrian-Iranian relations and the rationale behind it

On the basis of the previous analysis of Iran’s and Syria’s individual foreign policy principles/behaviors and the development of the Syrian-Iranian relations, has the Syrian-Iranian alliance made sense in the past and does it make sense in the context of the 2011 Syrian uprising? Preventing isolation There are good reasons to argue in favour of…

Syrian-Iranian relations — 1979-2013

  What follows is an overview of the Syrian-Iranian relations as they have developed over the decades.              The formative phase of an alliance On the basis of the analysis of Syria’s and Iran’s individual foreign policy principles over the last three to four decades, do Syria and Iran make a strange…