A lawmaker sits at the Iranian Parliament as he attends a ceremony to mark Parliament day in Tehran (REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl).

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The Islamic Republic: Vanguard or Relic?

April 22, 2014, Stephen R. Grand

In part two of a Iran@Saban week-long series of posts highlighting Brookings Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow, Stephen R. Grand’s book launch: Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy, Grand argues Iran’s system of governance, although once viewed as a model for Islamic Republics, has slowly grown to contradict its own society’s desire for democratization within its own domestic context.

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