Iranian elections under the microscope

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Iran’s upcoming elections have the potential to define the next 8 to 10 years of domestic policy and external relations. As of now, the balance of power looks set to shift towards the hardliner conservatives, a result that could make diplomatic efforts more difficult. However, the fluctuating spectrum of electoral developments in Iran means that the final two weeks of elections are crucial, and everything can change in the final moments.

Against the backdrop of these momentous final weeks, Friends of Europe will kick-off its ‘Iran in focus’ series, assessing the electoral state of play and the significance of the pending results.

Negar Mortazavi, Iranian-American journalist and political analyst, Host of The Iran Podcast and 2017 MENA Young Leader, will host this livestreamed Critical Thinking Live debate analysing the potential election outcomes and their likely impact on the nuclear issue, regional policy, human rights and civil society.


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This Critical Thinking Live will ask how the results of the elections will affect issues such as:

  • Relations with the West and future negotiations
  • Regional policy and Iran’s actions in its neighbourhood
  • Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
  • The rights of women and the role of civil society

Moderator

Negar Mortazavi

Diplomatic Correspondent at The Independent and 2017 MENA Young Leader

Speakers

Azadeh Zamirirad

Deputy Head of the Africa and Middle East Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Rouzbeh Parsi

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Speakers

Speakers

Negar Mortazavi
Negar Mortazavi

Diplomatic Correspondent at The Independent and 2017 MENA Young Leader

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Negar Mortazavi an Iranian-American journalist and policy analyst based in Washington, with over a decade of experience covering Iranian politics and US foreign policy towards the Middle East. She is a columnist for The Independent, the host of the Iran Podcast and regularly contributes to CNN, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, Aljazeera and France24, among other international outlets in China, Turkey and Israel. Her work has been published various publications, including Foreign Policy magazine, The Intercept, Politico and HuffPost, and she frequently speaks about Iranian affairs at international institutions, most notably the Atlantic Council, Gulf International Forum, MIT, Johns Hopkins University and American University. Negar has previously worked as a TV Presenter at Voice of America’s Persian service where she hosted a flagship show on current affairs, prior to which was a research assistant at MIT and UNDP and researcher at Harvard Law School.

Azadeh Zamirirad
Azadeh Zamirirad

Deputy Head of the Africa and Middle East Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs

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Dr Azadeh Zamirirad is an Iranian researcher who works with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, where she provides policy advice to the German government, the Bundestag and other decision-makers in Europe. Zamirirad has written extensively on Iranian politics, including several edited publications on Iran´s political system and internal dynamics, as well as a monograph on Iranian nuclear discourse and diplomacy. Prior to her work at SWP, she was the editor of the international affairs journal WeltTrends and a lecturer of International Relations and Comparative Studies at the University of Potsdam.

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Rouzbeh Parsi

Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

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Dr Rouzbeh Parsi is the Director of the European Iran Research Group and works with several universities, in addition to his role at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He specialises in Iran and the Middle East. Parsi has worked extensively on analysing the Iranian nuclear programme, Iranian politics and Iran’s relations with the European Union. He previously worked as senior analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, with a focus on Iran, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Parsi is a frequent commentator and contributor to several media, including Al Jazeera, France 24 and Deutsche Welle.

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