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5 reasons to watch Rouhani’s visit to Russia

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Al-monitor -
 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is on an official two-day visit to Moscow, meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. The trip is taking place during one of the most important periods in Iran and Russia's relationship, with the Syrian crisis having become a showcase of the growing partnership between the two countries. The overall cordial relationship aside, the true significance of Rouhani's visit can best be understood by taking into account five key points.


AUTHOR Hamidreza Azizi

First and foremost, it should be noted that it is Rouhani's first official visit to Moscow, and technically it is the first time the two leaders will meet

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Can Iran's conservatives agree on candidate for upcoming vote?

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AL-monitor -
 Iranian Principlists are finding that getting their house in order ahead of an election is becoming more complicated than ever. As the conservative camp takes measures to agree on a single candidate who can challenge incumbent Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential election, reports of internal strife continue to surface.


AUTHOR Saeid Jafari

In an attempt to unite behind a consensus nominee, some Principlists announced the formation of the Popular Front

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Khamenei warns against questioning of election results

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Al-monitor - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that he will stand up to anyone who refuses to accept the outcome of the upcoming May 19 presidential elections.


AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi

In his annual speech on the occasion of the arrival of the Iranian New Year, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke mostly about Iran's economic situation as well as the coming polls. The March 21 Nowruz address was held at the shrine of the eighth Shiite Imam Reza in Mashhad, and follows Khamenei's

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The upcoming Iranian elections you haven’t heard about

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Al-monitor -
 Candidates are gradually beginning to register to run in Iran's upcoming city council elections, which are to be held concurrently with the May 19 presidential vote.


AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi

The contest for the powerful Tehran City Council has always been one of the most controversial in Iran. During the past decade or so, the conservatives have been able to hold the majority, but this year, Reformists and allied moderates are determined to seize power by focusing on the

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Iran’s Emboldened U.S. Lobby

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commentarymagazine -
The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has long been sensitive about accusations that it acts as, at best, a de facto lobby for the Islamic Republic of Iran and, at worst, an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Iranian regime.


By MICHAEL RUBIN

The reason for suspicion with regard to the idea that NIAC is a lobby runs deep, ranging from its formational documents to panels its members have sponsored about how to lobby to the fact that it seems always to

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