All tagged civil society

European Executives in Iran Ask: 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?'

◢ Many European businesses are pulling out of Iran for fear of being entangled in US sanctions. But these companies are overstating the complexity of the situation. Compliant business in Iran is not only possible, it is also ethically important because it helps support employees who not only face unemployment but will also no longer be influenced by values that promote increased understanding and tolerance in Iranian society. Recognizing such social obligations, Western companies in Iran cannot hide behind the sanctions if their real reason to leave or restructure is lost business result from the management’s lack of business skills, capabilities, and commitment.

Closure of Tehran Bazaar Reflects Fierce Elite Competition, Not Popular Politics

◢ The bazaar of today is not the bazaar of forty years ago, and no longer plays the same role as a key actor in Iran’s popular political mobilizations. The recent bazaar closures reflect primarily the economic self-interest of bazaar elite, who sense an opportunity to put the brakes on reforms that threaten their unique capacities for lucrative arbitrage. Protests are being co-opted as a political tool at the expense of genuine civil society mobilization.

The Politics of Sanctions Relief in Iran: Three Roles for the Private Sector

◢ As politicians and analysts consider the wisdom of offering Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on the country’s nuclear program, a key stakeholder group remains unaccounted for in the debate – the private sector. 

 Private sector leaders can play three vital roles to help bring a brighter economic and political future to Iran— interlocutors, stewards, and creators.