Blog: Iran's Presidential Elections 2021

17.06.2021 | Blog

Strategic Continuity – the Paradox of Political Change in Iran

The way is paved for a hardliner victory, and the Iranian elections seem like a done deal. Nevertheless, Brussels and the EU member states should...

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16.06.2021 | Blog

No Illusions – Relations with Iran Remain Difficult

Regardless of who becomes its next president, Iran needs to shift its stance. Europe has a crucial role to play in the negotiations – and not just...

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15.06.2021 | Blog

Which direction? The presidential elections and Iran’s trade strategy

Iran will seek to boost foreign trade in order to attract foreign investment and realize the country’s full economic potential no matter who wins the...

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14.06.2021 | Blog

Clear-eyed Pragmatism: Qatar and the Coming and Going of Iranian Elections

Qatar is set to continue its policy of pragmatic engagement even if a hardliner takes over the presidency in Tehran. Constructive relations with Iran...

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11.06.2021 | Blog

A frontrunner with a dark past

All the potential obstacles to Ebrahim Raisi’s bid for the presidency appear to have been overcome. Although he has no track record in government, he...

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About the blog

Our blog aims to host a diverse, multi-faceted debate on the Iranian presidential elections on June 18. To this end, it highlights aspects that are important to Iranians in the context of the vote as well as fundamental issues like the question of the importance of elections in an autocratic system. We also consider the perspectives of selected regional actors.


David Jalilvand is an Analyst, running the Berlin-based research consultancy  Orient Matters

Achim Vogt heads the FES project Peace and Security in the MENA-Region.




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