The Leveretts on the Roots of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Political Legitimacy—On The Dish


 

We carried on our discussion of Iranian domestic politics on The Dish’s “Ask Anything” video series by addressing the question, “How much longer do you think Iran will remain a theocracy?”  Our response begins, “If, by ‘theocracy,’ you mean the Islamic Republic’s current political system, which seeks to integrate participatory politics and elections with principles and institutions of Islamic governance, we don’t think that basic framework is going to go away.”

We go on to challenge the question’s underlying assumption—“that such a system is not what most Iranians want, and that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ultimately going to be transformed into a secular Republic of Iran.”  We also advance our analysis: “based on polls, electoral participation rates, lots of other data, that most Iranians living inside their country don’t want a political order grounded in Western-style secular liberalism.  They want a political order that reflects their cultural and religious values.  And that’s what the Islamic Republic—with all its flaws, all its faults—that’s what the Islamic Republic offers Iranians the chance to pursue.”  Please click here or on the embedded video above to see “Ask the Leveretts Anything:  Will Iran Stay a Theocracy?”

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

 

The Leveretts on Leaders and Presidents in the Islamic Republic of Iran—On The Dish


 

We continued our discussion of Iranian domestic politics on The Dish’s “Ask Anything” video series by addressing the question, “Is there still a rift between the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad?”  We discuss what we thing are the misleading premises underlying the question, then explore the relationships that both Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei have had with the Islamic Republic’s elected presidents.  Please click here or on the embedded video above to see “Ask the Leveretts Anything:  A Rift Between the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad?”

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

 

The Leveretts on the Legitimacy of Iranian Enrichment—On The Dish


 

On The Dish’s “Ask Anything” video series, we addressed the question, “Is Iran’s enrichment legitimate?”  Again, as with the previous question (Are Israeli fears of a nuclear Iran overblown?”), the short answer is “yes”—but it’s important to explain just how overwhelming (historically, legally, and politically) the case for the legitimacy of Iranian enrichment really is.  We also offer some observations on why American officials and policy elites have such a hard time recognizing something that is so obvious.  Please click here or on the embedded video above to see “Ask the Leveretts Anything:  Is Iran’s enrichment legitimate?”

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

 

Going to Tehran Highlighted in Politico

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We are pleased to note the Politico’s “Bookshelf” has included Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, in their “New and Noteworthy Books.”

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett

 

Israel’s Overblown Fears of a “Nuclear Iran”—Leveretts on On The Dish


 

On The Dish, we addressed the question, “Are Israeli fears of a nuclear Iran overblown.”  The really short answer is, of course, “yes”—but we think the rest of the segment expounds on this in some interesting ways.  Please click here or on the embedded video above to see “Ask the Leveretts Anything:  Are Israeli Fears of a Nuclear Iran Overblown?”

–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett