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Ahmadinejad’s return may be boost for Rouhani

Rouhani is the anti-Ahmadinejad and vice versa.

Their supporters view the other side with deep suspicion and animosity.

Yet the return of Ahmadinejad to Iranian politics could be good news for Rouhani.

Sounds counter intuitive?

Read below to find out why it could make sense.


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Posted on : Apr 21 2014
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Khamenei’s Criteria For Choosing The Next #Iran President

The next Iranian presidential elections are scheduled to be held on the 14th of June 2013.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei made a mistake by choosing and backing Ahmadinejad in the 2009 elections.

Based on his goals, challenges and experiences, my latest article explains the criteria which he is likely to use to choose Iran’s next president.



An #Iran Virus More Dangerous Than STUXNET

A virus more dangerous than STUXNET is lurking within Iran’s halls of power. My latest article describes this virus and talks about its consequences.


Posted on : Oct 05 2012
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Factors behind rise of antisemitic rhetoric in Iranian politics

The recent antisemitic outburst by Iran’s vice president is the culmination of a recent rise in the public use of anti-Semitic language in Iran. In Iranian press and politics, use of the term “Yahoodi Sefat” meaning “of Jewish character” is being heard more often as a character assassination tool.

My latest article explains why:


Posted on : Jun 29 2012
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Possible Sign of Fraud in Iran Parliamentary Elections

So far it looks like Ahmadinejad’s rivals are doing better than him.

As expected, its unlikely that he or his allies will do well in these elections.

However there are already signs of possible fraud.

It has been reported that Ahmadinejad’s sister Parvin was defeated for the parliament seat for the city of Garmsar, in Iran’s Semnan province.

This seat is considered to be their home seat as the Ahmadinejad family are originally from the village of Aradan, a small village 26 kilometers east of Garmsar.

In Iran, locals are usually fiercely loyal to high ranking representatives from their area, even if their local politician is unpopular at national level.

This is especially true when it comes to poor, regional areas such as the Semnan province. In such remote areas, when it comes to voting, local loyalties are usually one of the most important criterias for voters.

Although Ahmadinejad is not a popular politician, the very fact that his sister was defeated in Garmsar is a valid possible sign of fraud.

Nobody expected these elections to be free or fair. However such actions by the regime show that when it comes to protecting its own interests through questionable activities, it has little regard for subtlety.

Worst still for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is how his fortune has changed. He won by fraud in 2009. Now he could lose the little power that he has by being a victim of fraud.

Posted on : Mar 03 2012
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Khamenei: Betweeen Obama and a Hard Place

The possibility of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group is increasing every day.

Just how much can Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offer at these talks?


Posted on : Jan 21 2012
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Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about to resign?

“Loose lips sink ships” was the famous British slogan during the second world war.


Posted on : Apr 28 2011
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Debate: Nuclear Iran = End of Israel?

Who is in charge of Iran’s nuclear program?

Are Iran’s leaders messianic?

What would be the consequences for Israel, if Iran becomes armed with a nuclear bomb?

These questions are addressed by two Israel based experts (Meir Javedanfar and Efraim Inbar from Bar Ilan University) after the screening of the movie “Iranium” at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center
in Jerusalem.


With thanks to Hadar Israel Foundation for arranging the evening and discussions.

Posted on : Apr 12 2011
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