U.S.-Israeli Dialogue on Iran

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu on May 18 (Photo by White House photographer Pete Souza, available at Wikimedia Commons).

Iran's Election: A Predictable Victory for Khamenei

On June 12, 2009, Iranians will cast their ballots in the Islamic Republic's tenth presidential election. Elections provide a patina of democratic legitimacy to the Islamic Republic, one upon which supporters of engagement often seize. RAND scholar James Dobbins, for example, has said that "after Israel and Turkey, Iran is the most democratic nation in the Middle East."[1] And Richard Armitage, while still deputy secretary of state in the George W.

Russo-Iranian Relations from Iran's Perspective

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Tehran, Iran (Photo by Presidential Press and Information Office, available at Wikimedia Commons)

Historical Data on Iranian Presidential Elections

In the U.S., individuals can run for president as long as they are over the age of 35 and are natural-born U.S. citizens. In Iran, however, an unelected body known as the Guardian Council [see here for more information on how the Council works] handpicks a small group of candidates out of a large number of applicants. Only those with the Council's imprimatur can then campaign and compete for the presidency. 

Ghasem Sho’le-Sa’di Biography and Campaign News


Name: Ghasem Sho’le-Sa’di

Birthyear: 1954[1]

Birthplace: Shiraz, Fars Province[2]

Education: Diploma in 1973, BA of Law in 1976, Ph.D. in Law University of Paris 1983[3]

Mohsen Rezai Biography and Campaign News


Name: Mohsen Rezai

Birthyear: 1954[1]

Birthplace: Bakhtiari tribal areas near Masjed Soleyman, Khouzestan Province[2]

Education: High school graduate, Ph.D. in economics from Tehran University 1992[3]

Mehdi Karrubi Biography and Campaign News

Poster of Karrubi in Shiraz, Iran in June 2005 (Photo by Snorkel, available at Flickr)

Name: Mehdi Karrubi (Hojjat al-Eslam)

Birthyear: 1937[1]

Birthplace: Ali-Goudarz, Lorestan Province[2]

Iranian Media Reaction to Ahmadinejad’s UN Speech

Flags at the UN in Geneva (Photo by lilivanili, available at Flickr).

Ahmadinejad's Speech at the UN Durban Conference on Racism

On April 20, 2009, delegates from twenty-three countries walked out of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at the UN Durban Review Conference held in Geneva in response to his remarks.[1]   In the speech, Ahmadinejad said: