Conflicts of interest leave Iran’s challenges unresolved, academics say
Iranian scholar Gholamreza Haddad says Iran faces a super-challenge caused by conflicts of interest in the hierarchy of the power structure in the country. He also says that the economic system has turned into a mishmash of conflicting models and that one of the most closed political systems in the world appears to be more capitalist than some neoliberal states.
In an interview with the pre-reform Fararu website, Haddad attributed many of these challenges and issues to the fact that there are too many institutions making decisions for the country and their conflicts of interest.
Haddad believes that the Islamic Republic must immediately seize the opportunity offered by Democratic President Joe Biden to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which will offer a respite to Iran’s deep structural challenges.
Meanwhile, in another interview with Fararu, Iranian economist Ali Dini Torkamani said Iran’s super challenge is a systematic failure in coordinated decision-making. He believes that the challenges and problems that have taken shape over the past decade will be inherited by the new Iranian president who will be elected on June 18.
According to Fararu, former presidential aide Massoud Nili, a renowned economist believed that the “super challenge” facing Iran is in part caused by the conflicting structural elements of the country’s economy, adding that the challenge has become more serious. due to bad decisions made in the country. past.
Nili believes that the super challenge is a combination of six crises, namely the water crisis, the environmental crisis, the bankruptcy of pension funds, as well as problems in the government budget, the public and indebted banking system and the unemployment problem.
“Instead of solving the problems, we just added new problems to the old ones,” Torkamani said, adding that “instead of trying to find a solution, we have learned to live with these problems”. According to Torkamani, all of this is taking place against a background of a problematic political structure in which the government is not at the service of the people. On the contrary, the people are expected to be at the service of the government, justified by religious dogma. “The underlying assumption is that it is the government that paves the way for the spiritual salvation of the people.”
Torkamani observed that in the same way, “Iran’s foreign policy is not meant to bring about the welfare, comfort, development or freedom of individuals in society. Rather, it is based on the principles of fight against the great powers and support the oppressed peoples. “
He also observed the same paradoxes in the Iranian economy: “In economic policy, we are a mixture of everything. We have strict tariffs and at the same time our policies do not encourage production and export. Instead of that, we encourage the concession. It is a hodgepodge. “
Meanwhile, he observed that unlike other countries, the Iranian government is the only government willing to hand the COVID-19 vaccination over to the private sector. It is also the only political system that has failed to impose lockdowns. This comes when all other closed systems, including China and Russia, have been successful in this area. “We suffer from all the perils of a closed system and do not take advantage of its strengths,” Torkamani said.