A Candid Discussion on Iran’s Presidential Elections

A Candid Discussion on Iran’s Presidential Elections


Originally published in Foreign Policy Association Blogs

The eleventh Iranian presidential elections held in June 2013. Local council elections also took place at the same time as presidential elections.

To take an analytic look at the 2013 Iranian elections from a number of relevant angles, Reza Akhlaghi discussed the elections with leading observers and analysts of Iranian affairs.

Part of FPA’s “Candid Discussion Series” by Reza Akhlaghi, these discussions engaged internationally recognized and accomplished professionals who come from media organizations, think tanks, and academia armed with extensive research and insight on Iranian socio-political, geopolitical, and cultural affairs.

The 2013 presidential elections came amid a crisis hitting the country on a multitude of dimensions, including a corruption-stricken economy worsened by harsh international sanctions; a sharp decline in the value of the Iranian currency that has drastically lowered the purchasing power of average Iranians; absence of a settlement to the country’s nuclear dossier; intensification of Iran’s highly factional politics; and regional transformations induced by the Arab Spring.

Through these discussions, I tried to find answers to questions on whether or not the elections are held in a democratic fashion; the direction of shifting alliances in Iran’s corridors of power; the potential impact of sanctions on the selection of final candidates to run, and on the future and stability of the Islamic Republic. Please join us as we take an in-depth look into Iran’s upcoming elections with help from a team of world-class experts.

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