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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Analyzing the Iranian election

A Yale University scholar offers an intriguing analysis of the presidential election in Iran.

They Said No: 2013 Iranian Presidential Post-Election Report
[T]he following post-election report on the 2013 Iranian presidential elections is provided by Navid Hassanpour, a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale University.

Last Friday, Iranians voted a surprising “No” to the exclusionist policies of the unelected elite and chose Hassan Rouhani, the unlikely symbol of that negation, as their next President…

A snapshot of the polls in the days leading to the election, showing Rouhani’s surge in the last three days, source: www.ipos.me

The election increasingly became a referendum on the current foreign and domestic policies in a race that pit one so-called moderate (اعتدالگرا) candidate against a host of three (or four depending on the definition) competitive principalists (اصولگرا). In a race charged with the division between the moderates and the principalists, the anguished electorate voted “No” to the failed policies of the past eight years…
  1. A Brief History of Presidency in the Islamic Republic...
  2. How did Rouhani Win?...
  3. The Implications of Rouhani’s Presidency for Iran’s Foreign and Domestic Policymaking...

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