Dr. Massoumeh Torfeh is a Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science specialising in Iran and Afghanistan. Formerly she was a BBC journalist and UN spokesperson and director of communication.
The unsurprising victory of Ebrahim Raisi will further entrench the hardline establishment, to the detriment of Iranians who have sacrificed their lives and livelihood for basic freedoms.
Attempts to portray the performative elections as otherwise look foolish, and won’t convince the public.
Iran's Guardian Council seems to have all but snuffed out any moderate or reformist competition ahead of June's election.
There is a growing consensus that a civil conflict is becoming increasingly likely as the US leaves Afghanistan, and it could very well suck in neighbouring countries.
Could the leaked Javad Zarif tape end up inadvertently giving centrists and reformists a greater chance in the upcoming elections?
With China and Russia pushing their weight around the region, any further delays on a nuclear deal with Iran will end up costing the US dearly.
The US Secretary of State’s ultimatum to President Ashraf Ghani underscored a blatant disregard for democracy in Afghanistan.
Iranian hardliners may see every progressive delay in nuclear talks as a signal to take one step back.
Russia, Iran and Pakistan could easily undercut US designs in Afghanistan unless they are made a part of the process.
The incoming president should make America's longest war his first foreign policy priority.
Recent statements from within Iran point towards a showdown with the US, but one that hopes to sway domestic politics too.
Speculation about the health of Iran’s Supreme Leader have thrown a spotlight on what - and who - comes next for the Islamic republic.
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