Iranian Government and Politics

Titlesort descending Author Abstract
A Look at the Institutions and Decision Making of the Judiciary in the Islamic Republic of Iran Majid Mohammadi This Tavaana-exclusive book is not a detailed historical and comparative research on Iran's judiciary but a descriptive and analytic report on aspects of Iranian judiciary system under the Islamic...
A Return to the Self Mehdi Jami This resource is only available in Persian.
Advent, Rise and Problems Mohammad Ghaed This article delves into the most significant changes in Iran after the Islamic Revolution from a new perspective. This resource is only available in Persian.
Amendment of Constitution This is an amendment of the 1906 Constitution. This resource is only available in Persian.
Apocalypticism as a Political Discourse Mehdi Khalaji This article takes a look at the rise of discussion in Iranian politics (under Ahmadinejad's government) regarding the return of the Prophet at the end of the world.
Attack on Civil Society in Iran Tori Egherman, Sohrab Razzaghi, Kamran Ashtary This report gives detailed analysis of the rise of civil society in Iran by examining students’ and women’s movements. It then looks at how the regime stamps out opposition by criminalizing reform...
Countries at the Crossroads 2012: Iran Golnaz Esfandiari This report, published by Freedom House, examines accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anti-corruption and transparency in Iran.
Daily Speech of Mohsen Sazegara Mohsen Sazegara Sazegara talks about and analyzes the events following the 2009 election in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Database of Iran’s Social Problems This is the database of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Denial Mahmood Sariolghalam This resource is only available in Persian.
Discovery of Secrets Rouhollah Khomeini This book examines secrets about the authority of religious leaders and their involvement in politics. This resource is only available in Persian.
Election Law of the Islamic Republic of Iran Iran's law covering the election process, voter and candidate qualifications, and election violations.
Elections Defraud Report Elections Green Watch This report compiles evidence of election fraud and human rights violations after the 2009 election. This resource is only available in Persian.
For Change Majid Tavakoli Majid Tavakoli, a prominent student leader in Iran, was arrested in December 2009. On May 23, 2010, he began a hunger strike in protest of his move to solitary confinement. He wrote this letter,...
From Protest to Prison: Iran One Year After the Election Amnesty International This report outlines the Iranian regime’s oppressive response to the Green Movement’s activities following the fraudulent 2009 Iranian Presidential Elections. Included are descriptions of the types...
Growth of Social Problems in Iran Hamidreza Jalaeipour In this article, the author identifies the most problematic social issues in Iran and analyzes these challenges in society. This resource is only available in Persian.
Human Rights in Iran Reports Amnesty International These Amnesty International reports outline the human rights violations in Iran. 
Interview with Navid Bazargan Navid Bazargan Navid Bazargan talks about the political views of his father. This resource is only available in Persian.
Iran After Velvet Coup This article discusses the citizen uprising after the 2009 presidential election in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Iran Analysis: Thoughts on Resistance and the Green Movement Pejman Salim and Shahin Nasiri Writing in response to the political uprisings across the Middle East in 2011, two Iranian students discuss the struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. Their analysis of the fight for...
Iran Student Protest, July 1999 Daneshjoo News Iranian Student Protests of July, 1999 were, before the 2009 Iranian election protests, the most widespread and violent public protests to occur in Iran since the early years of the Iranian...
Iran's 1906 Constitution and its Supplement Iran's first constitution, which established the electoral system, charter of rights, and overall system of governance.
Iran: Legalizing the Murder of Civil Society Arseh Sevom This critique of the Establishment and Supervision of NGOs bill in the Iranian Majlis reveals efforts by the Iranian government to operate outside the law, silence opposition and prevent the public...
Iran’s Constitutional Obstacles to Realizing Human Rights and Democracy Mehrangiz Kar In this report, esteemed human rights defender, feminist activist and Tavaana course instructor Mehrangiz Kar explores the constitutional limits to democratic reform in Iran.
Iran’s Ideological Foreign Policy Mehdi Mozafari This article examines the different schools of thought regarding how ideology affects foreign policy. This resource is only available in Persian.
Iran’s Oil: Blessing and Curse Jahangir Amouzgar This article discusses the positive and negative consequences of Iran’s oil resources. This resource is only available in Persian.
Iran’s Resilient Civil Society: The Untold Story of the Fight for Human Rights Ladan Boroumand Published in October 2007, this article argues that the international community should not heavily rely on the 2005 Iranian election results to draw conclusions about Iranian civil society.  Rather,...
It Should be Destroyed from the Base Mehrangiz Kar Mehrangiz Kar discusses the independence of the judiciary in this interview. This resource is only available in Persian.
Judgement Abdolkarim Soroush This article looks at the religious enlightenment in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Let's Remain on the Side of the People Majid Tavakoli Majid Tavakoli, a prominent student leader in Iran, was arrested in December 2009. On May 23, 2010, he began a hunger strike in protest of his move to solitary confinement. He wrote this letter from...
Lying- Khomeini's Views Akbar Ganji This resource is only in Persian.
Modernity, the Press and the Shaping of Public Opinion in Constitutional Iran Negin Nabavi The article discusses the new culture of journalism after the Constitutional Revolution in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Mohammad Nourizad’s Questions for the Supreme Leader Mohammad Nourizad Political prisoner Mohammad Nourizad asks the Supreme Leader critical questions about the current situation of the country. This resource is only available in Persian.
Mullahs, Guards, and Bonyads: An Exploration of Iranian Leadership Dynamics David E. Thaler, Alireza Nader, Shahram Chubin, Jerrold D. Green, Charlotte Lynch, Frederic Wehrey "While our aim is to expand analysts’ understanding of Iran so as to help them interpret the machinations of the country’s elites, we have a profound appreciation of the complexity and historical...
NATLEX Database of National Labour, Social Security, and Related Human Rights Legislation: Iran This report outlines all workers' rights legislation in Iran.
Obstacles to Free and Fair Elections in Theory and Practice under the Islamic Republic of Iran Majid Mohammadi Obstacles to Free and Fair Elections in Theory and Practice under the Islamic Republic of Iran By Majid Mohammadi   This exclusive Tavaana paper argues that holding free and fair elections in the...
Queen Elizabeth II and Coronation Ban for Women Parivash Ghaneipour This article delves into the reasons of advantages for the royal families. This resource is only available in Persian.
Reflections on the Constitutional Revolution Ahmad Ashraf This article looks at the role of Great Britain in the Constitutional Revolution in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Religion Mohammad Reza Nikfar This provides an overview of religion and religious institutions. This resource is only available in Persian.
Religion and Amendments of the Constitution Arash Naraghi This article examines the most challenging issues in the Iranian constitution and its amendments. This resource is only available in Persian.
Religious and Secular Violence Mohammad Reza Nikfar This resource is only in Persian.
Revolution Mehdi Jami This resource is only available in Persian.
Shia and Autarchy of Shah Akbar Ganji This article challenges the idea that Mohammad Reza Shah was against religion. This resource is only available in Persian.
Short-Term Community Mohammadali Homayoun Katouzian The article argues that the lack of a strong legal structure in Iran has resulted in only short-term changes in the country. This resource is only available in Persian.
Soros and the State Department: Moving Iran towards the Open Society Edmund Berger This article examines philanthropist George Soros’s theory on “open society” and how the ideals of an open society could be applied in Iran. Through discussion of American foreign policies toward...
State and Society: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century Gholamreza Afkhami This resource outlines the UNDP’s 8 political, social and economic development goals for 2015. This resource is only available in Persian.
State of Civil Society in Iran Sohrab Razzaghi Sohrab Razzaghi’s report for Arseh Sevom examines the strengths and weaknesses of Iranian civil society as well as legal, political, social, economic, cultural and international environment for its...
Tahkim Vahdat’s Report About More Than 2000 Students’ Rights Violations Tahkim Vahdat The Human Rights Commission of Tahkim Vahdat has submitted this report to Ahmad Shahid, the UN Special Rapporteur to Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Ten Green Movement Strategies to Make the Islamic Regime Yield Majid Mohammadi This Gozaar report offers ten political and media strategies for members of the Green Movement to continue their opposition to the Iranian regime.
The British Role in Iran's Constitutional Revolution Mansour Bonakdarian This article delves into history to examine the role of Great Britain in Iran’s Constitutional Revolution. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Concise Encyclopedia of Iran Jaleh Mottahedin This resource illustrates the history, geography, art and culture of Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Confessions of Dolgoruki: Story Writing and Identity Scripting Mina Yazdani This is a political story written by a Russian ambassador to Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran The 1979 constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Endless Challenges of Democracy and Political Development in Iran Mahmood Sariolghalam The author argues that both the modification of structures and the philosophical consensus of political intellectual are necessary for political development in Iran. This resource is only available...
The Farman (Royal Proclamation) of August 5, 1906 Muzaffaru'd-Din Shah Qajar This is the text of Mashrooteh order for parliament and a constitution.
The Green Movement: Harbinger of a New Democracy Farhad Khosrokhavar This article discusses the history of recent social movements in Iran, focusing on the Green Movement. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Iranian Charter of Citizens’ Rights Nazila Ghanea In this article, professor of international human rights law at Oxford University and Tavaana faculty member Nazila Ghanea casts a critical eye on the Rouhani government’s recently released Citizens...
The Iranian Revolution in the New Era Said Amir Arjomand This report by Said Amir ARjomand analyzes the June 2009 electoral push in Iran which ushered in a new phase in the Islamic Republic’s now thirty-one year long history. With the apparent backing of...
The Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran, 1988 Jeffrey Robertson This article takes an in-depth look at the execution of Iranian prisoners in 1988.
The New Order of Clergy in Iran Mehdi Khalaji This resource is only in Persian.
The Office of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hands Over Evidence of Torture to an Investigating Committee The daily Enqelab Eslami These documents consist of evidence, including written complaints, coroner's reports, testimonies of witnesses to the acts of torture, along with photographs depicting marks of torture on the bodies...
The Rise of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran Ali Alfoneh This article takes a look at the role of the Revolutionary Guard in the police suppression after 2009 election in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Risks of Ratifying Civil Laws in Iran Mohammad Ali Foroughi This resource reveals details of the constitutional revolution in Iran which is unknown to younger generations. This resource is only available in Persian.
The Time of Flight Solmaz This book provides a list of people arrested after the 2009 election in Iran. This resource is only available in Persian.
Turkey Throws Iran a Safety Net Nimrod Raphaeli This resource looks into the current and historical economic relations between Iran and its neighbor, Turkey. The report outlines Iran’s economic condition within the new sanctions framework and...
Violations of Civil Rights in Security and Intelligence Prisons and Detention Centers in Tehran Hojatoleslam Abbas Ali Alizadeh Alizadeh, the head of the Judiciary of the Tehran Province and head of the Civil Rights Inspectorate, presented this report on the civil rights violations in Iranian prisons. Violations include the...
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