Tag Archives: Mohammad Marandi

#Iran: a more conservative response to the draft nuclear agreement

7 Apr

Professor Mohammad Marandi


Last night I posted an Al Jazeera discussion which showed three different views from Iran, Saudi Arabia and the U.S towards the recent draft nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1.

The Iranian view was presented by Professor Zibakalam, who is a reformist.

In this clip, CCTV America has interviewed Mohammad Marandi who is more conservative. Dr Marandi has a PhD in English literature from Birmingham University and since 2005 he has been the head of the North American Studies Department, University of Tehran.

His father is close to Ayatollah Khamenei. He was the head of the medical team which oversaw the Supreme Leader’s recent Prostate operation. He is very well-connected inside the regime.

It’s an interesting interview. It’s worth watching to hear what the more conservative side of Iranian politics thinks about the recent deal.

Recommended debate: the Islamic Revolution turns 35

14 Feb

There have been numerous articles and television debates about the 35th anniversary of the Iranian revolution.

On the day of the revolution, Al Jazeera hosted one of the best TV debates.

The guests reflected the spectrum of different points of views regarding the revolution pretty well.

Shahriar Shahabi did a great job of representing the point of view that the revolution has failed to achieve many of its goals.

Mohammad Marandi represented the view of the Iranian regime as he always does. If you want to know how Iran regime supporters think, he is one person to listen to.

Professor Milani as always presented a very precise academic view of events before and after the revolution.

Definitely worth watching.

Iran, the West and the NPT

27 Apr

Professor Mohammad Marandi

The Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a sensitive issue in the Middle East, especially when it comes to Iran and Israel.

Israel is not a signatory of the NPT, which means that its sites are not under inspection by the UN’s nuclear arm, the IAEA. Its the job of the latter to ensure that the countries who are members of the NPT adhere to the rules and commitments made to the treaty.

Iran however is a member of the NPT. After more than  10 years of inspections the IAEA has still not given a full clean bill of health to Iran’s nuclear program. Although it has not said that Iran’s nuclear program is definitely for military purposes, at the same time, it has also said that it can’t be sure that its for civilian purposes only. It has a number of outstanding questions which Iran has still not answered, such as reports of research on a nuclear trigger. This is one of the reasons why the IAEA chief Yukiya Amano recently:

Indicated his suspicion that Iran might be pressing ahead with nuclear activity applicable to development of weapons.

The recent TV debate on Russia Today is an interesting watch.

It includes Professor Mohammad Marandi who is seen as the unofficial mouthpiece of the regime. He is an expert in English Literature at Tehran University and his analysis of the situation provides a useful insight as to how the Iranian regime sees the situation. If some are wondering why the West has had to impose tough sanctions in order to ensure that the regime takes the nuclear talks seriously, listening to Professor Marandi could provide you with at least one of the reasons.