The glaring miscalculations of the Ahmadinejad government led to a decline in Iranian authority, says Sadegh Kharrazi, a former Iranian diplomat.
Critics say that a meeting of reformists only debated general issues, not those topics which are directly related to public and national interests.
Reformists hold a gathering for the first time in six years, describing unity and public trust as pillars of the country's national security.
A reformist daily says a gathering which was originally meant to secure convergence among principlists seems to have revealed cracks in their ranks.
Principlists get together to examine ways of securing much-needed unity for parliamentary elections expected to be held in early 2016.
Ali Motahari, an outspoken principlist MP talks about the problems his fellow principlists face in ensuring unity in their ranks.
Sadegh Zibakalam, a prominent professor of political science, weighs in on whether Ahmadinejad will make a political comeback.
Among other things, the gathering is to discuss ways of promoting cooperation among political parties across the Islamic world.
Rafsanjani lashes out at extremists who denigrate a representative government that enjoys the leader’s support.