Policy Brief

April 11, 2012

Elections Without Change

The Iranian regime defies economic crisis and the threat of war

There is no trace of the revolution. Whoever hoped that the latest parliamentary elections in Iran could again lead the people to mobilize as in 2009 and result in a change of power relations now find themselves disappointed. With the country now practically consumed with the beginning of Iranian New Year celebrations, the regime has survived another critical phase. Nevertheless, international sanctions are being tightened, war rhetoric is increasing, and the economic crisis is getting worse.