Stories written by Farideh Farhi
Farideh Farhi is an independent scholar and affiliate graduate faculty member of political science at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her publications include ‘States and Urban-Based Revolutions in Iran and Nicaragua’. She lived and worked in Iran for most of the 1990s and writes frequently about Iranian politics and foreign policy.

IRAN: New Budget May Add to Uncertainties, Political Strains

Iran's 347-billion-dollar budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, finally approved by the Guardian Council in Tehran Tuesday - just days before its scheduled implementation on the Iranian New Year Mar. 21 - appears likely to add to the tensions and uncertainty that have bedeviled the country since the disputed June 2009 elections.

POLITICS: Iran’s “Now What” Moment

After eight tumultuous months, during which attention from all sides of Iran's political spectrum as well as anxious watchers around the world focused on a series of street clashes between protesters and the government's security forces, an eerie calm has taken hold in Iran.

IRAN: Is a Ceasefire in the Making?

As Iran nervously awaits the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Feb. 11 - the day that has traditionally drawn the largest public demonstrations - a subtle change in public discourse can be detected.

POLITICS: Whither Iran?

The confrontation that took place in the streets of several large cities in Iran on the occasion of Ashura has brought the acrimonious political fight among the Islamic Republic's elite into focus in significantly different ways than before.

IRAN: Domestic Conflict Shifts into Higher Gear

Although the tumult that has gripped Iran since the contested Jun. 12 election has never abated, two recent occurrences have highlighted the further sharpening of internal conflict and the government's inability to restore stability in the face of creative ways the opposition has learned to use the symbols of the Islamic Republic in order to sustain itself.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad’s Predicament and Iran’s Political Crisis

With the confirmation of his re-election by Ayatollah Khamenei and his oath of office taken, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will begin his second term facing much steeper challenges than any of Iran’s previous second-term presidents.

POLITICS: Lines Are Drawn in Iran

With the historical Friday Prayer sermon given by former president and current chair of the Council of Experts and Expediency Discernment Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Jul. 17, and the riposte by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei three days later, lines have been drawn in unprecedented ways in Iran.

POLITICS: Shock and Awe in Iran

Four days after Iran's Jun. 12 election, the country remains in a state of shock and turmoil, attempting to come to grips with what happened.

IRAN: Reformists a Force in Looming Presidential Election

With the official registration period for candidates over on May 9, the race for Iran’s presidency is entering its final stretch.

IRAN-US: Deal with the Elephant in the Room!

Despite recent overtures and the establishment of areas of common interest, Iran’s nuclear programme remains central to its goals in dealing with the U.S.

U.S.-IRAN: The More Things Change…

"We are not satisfied with [U.S. President Barack] Obama's actions since they have not been in line with claims of change - although we are not without hope either."

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