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June 4, 2021

Khamenei Complains of Disqualifications, Guardian Council Responds

In his address on the anniversary of Khomeini’s death, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei complained of the disqualification of some candidates, saying that some were unjustly disqualified and “persecuted” on false information about family, and should be compensated. The Guardian Council quickly responded with spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei tweeting that the Leader’s words were to be obeyed and that they would make an announcement soon. The reference to family made it clear that Khamenei was speaking about Ali Larijani. Later that evening, the Guardian Council issued a statement in which they agreed with the Leader’s comments, but said the “false” information had not influenced their decision making and so no changes would be made to the list of candidates. Ali Larijani then published a handwritten letter to the Supreme Leader, in which he thanked him for “demanding the elimination of oppression and persecution as occurred in the examination of the qualifications of presidential candidates” before praising his “greatness, magnanimity and spirit of righteousness of the Imam (Khomeini)”.

Read report at BBC Persian

May 30, 2021

Ghazizadeh: I Will Give Each Iranian a $70 Food Package

In a different approach to promises of subsidies, Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi said he will provide each Iranian with a 300,000 toman food package ($70 US) in the interest of public health. Ghazizadeh said his first priority was economic stability alongside dealing with the housing shortage in Iran.

Read more at IRNA

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
May 18, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh was recently interviewed on CNA. Watch the interview here.

Destination Australia Scholarships for international students
April 1, 2021

Destination Australia Scholarships for international students

Are you an enthusiastic researcher keen to explore China’s interest in the Persian Gulf, and Qatar’s foreign policy making? Find out more here

A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan
April 1, 2021

A Quest for Identity: The Case of Religious Populism in Pakistan

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this piece for European Center for Populism Studies. Read the full article here.

Creating the Desired Citizen: Ideology, State and Islam in Turkey
April 1, 2021

Creating the Desired Citizen: Ideology, State and Islam in Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz’s new book, will be available from this August. Find out more here.

Registered NGOs and advocacy for women in Iran
April 1, 2021

Registered NGOs and advocacy for women in Iran

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dr Rebecca Barlow co-authored this pieces with Sanaz Nasipour for Third World Quarterly. Read the full article here.

Populism, violence and authoritarian stability: necropolitics in Turkey
April 1, 2021

Populism, violence and authoritarian stability: necropolitics in Turkey

Professor Ihsan Yilmaz co-authored this article for Third World Quarterly. Access the article here.

Why is Qatar intent on promoting GCC, US dialogue with Iran?
March 19, 2021

Why is Qatar intent on promoting GCC, US dialogue with Iran?

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh discusses Iran, Qatar and the US with Amwaj Media. Find out more here.

Negotiating Securitised Aid in the Fragile State of Afghanistan
March 19, 2021

Negotiating Securitised Aid in the Fragile State of Afghanistan

If you missed our recent webinar presented by Safiullah Taye, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University, you can access the full recording here.