Why French carmakers are real winners of Iranian protectionism

My article on Iran’s car manufacturing industry and how French automakers are benefiting from Iranian protectionism. Iran’s auto industry is only second to its energy sector, accounting for some 10% of the gross domestic product and 4% of employment. Showcasing … Continue reading Why French carmakers are real winners of Iranian protectionism

Why Rafsanjani’s real lasting legacy in Iran isn’t in politics

Wrote this back in January for Al-Monitor: Much has been said about the political legacy of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani following his death Jan. 8 at the age of 82 from a heart attack, but his most lasting legacy will be in higher education. Ayatollah Rafsanjani was among the founders of Islamic Azad University (IAU) and served as head of its Founders’ Committee, equivalent to chairman of the board, for three decades. While long considered a pillar of Iran’s post-revolutionary political establishment, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s most lasting legacy is more likely in higher education. Iran’s student population today exceeds 4.5 million, more than 5% … Continue reading Why Rafsanjani’s real lasting legacy in Iran isn’t in politics