Iran’s 2017 Election: The Opposition Inches Forward

October 2017

Despite all its flaws, Iran’s May 2017 presidential balloting amounted to another small but genuine advance for the cause of democracy. 

The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran’s Paradoxical Regime

April 2015

Iran’s authoritarianism is more flexible and more durable than its detractors would hope, yet more fragile and endangered than its defenders claim.

Iran in Ferment: Cracks in the Regime

October 2009

The Islamic Republic is struggling, with the Revolutionary Guard Corps more and more the only thing propping it up.

Iran's Peculiar Election: A Historical Perspective

October 2005

The June 2005 presidential ballot marks the culmination of the regime’s effort to dominate even the limited powers of the popularly elected offices.