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Iran in 2018: Protests, Politics and Economic Pressures

14 March 2018 - 08:00 to 09:15

Chatham House, London


Dr Sanam Vakil, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

Chair: Dr Neil Quilliam, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



President Hassan Rouhani’s year has had an uncomfortable start. Rising inflation and recent increases in food prices and youth unemployment (which remains around 30%) were cited by some as major stimuli for the protests with a swept through the country in the first weeks of 2018. Despite a promise by his administration that the 2015 nuclear agreement would help to create jobs and improve people’s living standards, Rouhani is struggling to meet his political and economic promises, and to deal with US President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards the deal.

Sanam Vakil will outline the economic and political outlook for Iran in 2018. Can President Rouhani stimulate growth and improve prospects for young people over the coming months and years? What are the prospects for the desperately needed foreign direct investment inflows into Iran? How strong is public support for Rouhani and what is the future of his political career? Will these events impact Iran’s regional foreign policy?

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.