First, it aims at examining the role Iran has been playing in the region since the Arab Uprisings. The Arab Awakening has indeed brought about tremendous changes and signalled the decrease of the Iranian soft-power in the region. Furthermore, it is necessary to explain how the regime changes have affected the negotiations on the nuclear issue and on sanctions. Second, the panel aims at examining the domestic dynamics at play after the June 2013 presidential elections. On this ground, the diversification of the conservative front and the marginalisation of the reformists are the most evident elements, along with the resilience of popular defiance and ethnic challenges to national unity. The following questions are of primary importance: What is the Iranian attitude toward the Islamist governments and current institutional crisis in Tunisia and Egypt, and toward the increasing competition with Ankara? What are the consequences of the Iranian failures in Syria and Bahrain? How do we assess the importance of the June 2013 presidential election and the following factional reconfiguration? What is the legacy, if any, of the Green Movement? How do we assess the electoral performances of the regime? Are elections less and less relevant to the domestic politics in Iran? We seek papers addressing the challenges the Iranian ruling elites are going to face in an increasingly hostile and conflictual environment both at home and abroad. We welcome paper with strong empirical evidences. Theoretical contributions are also welcomed when original and ground-breaking.


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