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Khamenei Comments: Nuclear Deal “Easy”

      In a meeting with t

Rouhani: First Presser on US, Reforms, Nukes

      On June 17, president-elect Hassan Rouhani called fo

Rouhani: Diverse Reaction by Iranian Leaders

            Top Iranian leaders used their congratulatory messages to President-elect Hassan Rouhani to offer their own takes on the elect

Election: US Reacts to Results

            In two separate statements, the United States called

Election: Stunning Results and Videos

            Hassan Rouhani, the lone reformist candidate, won Iran’s presidential election with 50.7 percent of th

Latest on the Race: Final Polls – and Shifts

            Iranian elections are highly unpredictable due to the number of candidates and short campaigns.

Persian Press on the Race: June 13

Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani

Latest on the Race: Two Candidates Drop Out

            Two candidates – one hardliner and one reformer have quit Iran’s presidential race, leaving

Latest on the Race: Debate on Culture, Women

Garrett Nada           

Latest on the Race: Furor at First Debate

      At the first presidential debate on May 3

Supreme Leader Blasts Foreign Plots in Vote

      On June 4, Supreme Leader Ayatollah A

Rand Report on Iran Election

            In a new Rand report, Alireza Nader examines the implications of the election, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Khomeini’s Rebel Grandchildren

By Helia Ighani and Garrett Nada

Latest on the Race: Khomeini Daughter Defends Rafsanjani

      The daughter of late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khom

Latest on the Race: Candidates Approved

            The Guardian Council has approved eight out of 686 candidates to run in Iran’s June 14 presidential election.

Latest on the Race: Reactions to Candidate List

      The Guardian Council has blocked two prominent fig

Latest on the Race: Rafsanjani Redux?

By Robin Wright and Garrett Nada

Latest on the Race: Rafsanjani on the Issues

      Former President Akbar Hashemi Ra

Latest on the Race: Rafsanjani Redux?

By Robin Wright and Garrett Nada

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