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Iran: Threat or Menace? Part 2: Candidates and Issues

In Part One of this series, I covered some important historical background to Iranian politics in general, and the upcoming June 14th presidential elections in particular. Today, I will consider some specific candidates and issues. The two main political groupings in Iranian politics are the principlists and reformists. The former stress adhering to the principles of the Islamic revolution, and generally favor principle over expediency; while the latter are more willing to bend or compromise principles as they search for pragmatic solutions. The currently favored presidential candidate is Supreme National Security Council President Saeed Jalili, a leading principlist. Saeed Jalili…