The next presidential election in Iran set for 18 June 2021 takes place in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening economic conditions due to fiscal mismanagement and sanctions imposed by the United States.
It will also be held during ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tehran over the future the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as the Iran nuclear agreement. Against this backdrop voter turnout is expected to be a significant factor impacting the outcome of this election.
In this webinar, part of the MENA programme online events series, experts discuss the internal political dynamics inside Iran around the election and the prospects of the various candidates to win the presidency.
Participants also explore how the outcome of the election could influence the politics around Supreme Leader succession, JCPOA negotiations, and regional relations.
The event will be held on the record and livestreamed on the MENA Programme Facebook page.
Nazila Fathi, Independent Journalist; Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute
Kenneth Katzman, Senior Analyst, Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs, Congressional Research Service
Vali Nasr, Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Raz Zimmt, Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies
Moderator: Sanam Vakil, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House