Iran's presidential election: Domestic and international implications

Experts discuss Iran’s political map ahead of the 18 June presidential election and the ballot’s regional and international implications.  

Research event, Panel
9 June 2021 — 2:00PM TO 3:15PM

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

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