On June 18th, the Islamic Republic of Iran will hold its thirteenth presidential election. Out of nearly 600 candidates, only seven have been granted the possibility to run by the Guardian Council. As Ebrahim Raisi emerges as the likely front-runner, official polls suggest record low participation.
How will the election result affect the ongoing US nuclear negotiations in Vienna? What impact will it have on the dialogue with the United States and nascent talks with Gulf countries? How will it affect the economy? Will a Raisi win steer Iran’s foreign policy further East? How will it affect Iran’s relationship with proxies and allies?