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Iran’s Presidential Elections: A Game Changer for the Region?

23 May 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Ali Ansari, Chair, Middle East Studies, University of St Andrews

Dr Aniseh Tabrizi, Research Fellow, RUSI

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

Chair: Roger Hardy, Middle East and Islamic affairs analyst, BBC World Service (1985-2010)



Iran’s presidential elections in May will determine whether President Hassan Rouhani may seek a second, four-year term and push ahead with reforms resisted by powerful hardliners.

What would it mean for Iran if Rouhani stayed in power for another four years? Could the man who secured a nuclear deal with the P5+1 and reshaped Iran’s economic relationship with the rest of the world signal a more moderate and open Iran? 

Our panel will discuss these issues in light of the upcoming elections, considering the positions of the other likely front-runners that might challenge Rouhani. Do these elections have the power to redefine the country’s domestic politics and Iran’s position on the global stage?