TEHRAN BLOG: On election eve Iranians ask if regime has unwittingly engineered its own demise

bne IntelIiNews June 16, 2021

Faced by vetted slate of candidates excluding top moderates, reform camp split by “Don’t vote” and “Vote for outsider” arguments.

Why Iranians won’t vote: new survey reveals massive political disenchantment

Pooyan Tamimi Arab & Ammar Maleki June 11, 2021

Findings from the Netherlands-based Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran (GAMAAN) ahead of the Islamic Republic’s June 18 presidential election.

bneGREEN: IEA calls for $1 trillion of annual investment into clean energy in developing economies

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 9, 2021

Private finance is crucial if emerging economies are not to be left behind in the race to net zero, the IEA warns.

TEHRAN BLOG: Second presidential debate leaves country doubting itself

bne IntelIiNews June 9, 2021

Most potential voters left scratching their heads.

TEHRAN BLOG: The outsider, Abdolnaser Hemmati

bne IntelIiNews June 5, 2021

Little-known moderate grabs attention when his wife appears in state TV interview not wearing the expected chador. Might he spring a surprise in the presidential election?

Agreement to revive Iran nuclear deal ‘now not expected until August’

bne IntelIiNews June 2, 2021

Hopes it could be in place ahead of June 18 Iranian presidential election may have been dashed.

Iran’s supreme leader refuses president’s appeal to allow leading moderates to contest election

bne IntelIiNews May 27, 2021

Stance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei risks triggering a low turnout at the ballot box.

Iran’s election vetting body bars top moderates from running for presidency

bne IntelIiNews May 25, 2021

Even hardline frontrunner Ebrahim Raisi appears to object to large number of disqualifications.

bneGREEN: GECF rejects IEA call to end upstream investment

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has rejected the findings of the IEA report released last week, instead projecting that gas will increase its share in the global energy mix to 28% from 23% today.

bneGREEN: The EU’s Green Deal: Putting a carbon price on imports

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 22, 2021

The EU’s journey to net zero threatens a carbon price war with its trading partners

bneGREEN World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 19, 2021

World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change, warns IEA in its latest report.

Signs mount Iran, US will seal nuclear deal revival within month

bne IntelIiNews May 19, 2021

Negotiators agree to return to national capitals to receive final instructions on red lines before definitive round of talks.

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway: Who is going to pay?

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet May 17, 2021

Kyrgyzstan is flogging its section of the would-be track, but how successfully?

LONG READ: The first thing the emerging middle classes of New Europe do is buy a better car

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2021

A middle class is emerging in New Europe but to get a handle on how far the process has gone and what the differences are between each country bne IntelliNews took a look at the icon of middle-class status: car ownership.

Armenia asks Moscow-led CSTO to respond to Azerbaijan’s ‘provocative troop incursions’

bne IntelIiNews May 13, 2021

France’s president Macron and US congressman Schiff express support for Yerevan.

Azerbaijani forces 'advance 3 km into Armenia'

bne IntelIiNews May 12, 2021

Armenian security council meets. Acting PM stresses there have been no exchanges of fire as Yerevan works to resolve situation peacefully.

Iran’s president hits out at vetting body’s tightening of criteria for election candidates

bne IntelIiNews May 11, 2021

Guardian Council wields ultimate power in deciding who can stand. Anyone cleared to run must, for instance, be deemed sufficiently pious.