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Reza H. Akbari


A Crucial Election for Iran's Reform Movement

[Iran elections 2013. Image from Wikipedia]

Today, Iranians cast their vote for the country’s eleventh presidential election. It certainly will not be an easy decision, with a field of candidates that lack any sense of major diversity in their policies and ideologies. With one glaring exception, the deck is stacked in favor of the conservative elites. As any astute student of Iran knows, predicting the outcome of the election is virtually impossible. The only conclusion thus far is that the road has not been kind ...

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Reza H. Akbari


Reza H. Akbari holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He conducts research on Iranian domestic politics, US foreign policy toward Iran, and Shia politics. He has previously served as a Research Associate for the Iran program at the Middle East Institute and a Research Assistant at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.