MEI – Iran’s Voters Go to the Polls

This event is hosted by the Middle East Institute. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
*A light lunch will be served*

The Middle East Institute
1319 18th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036

On May 19, Iranians will cast ballots for their next president, choosing between the six candidates authorized by the Supreme Leader’s Guardian Council. Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, who sought relief from international sanctions by agreeing to constraints on Iran’s nuclear program, faces challengers attacking him on the economy, foreign policy, and his commitment to Islamist revolutionary ideals. Whatever its outcome will be, the election will impact the security landscape of the Gulf and beyond as the Trump Administration develops its regional policy.

Middle East Institute (MEI) scholar Alex Vatanka will be joined by author and journalist Nazila Fathi and analyst Alireza Nader (RAND) to discuss the election, its political context, and the potential consequences of the impending vote for Iran, its neighbors, and the United States. Ishaan Tharoor (Washington Post) will moderate the discussion.

This event will also be livestreamed on the MEI website.

Nazila Fathi
Author and Former Tehran Correspondent, The New York Times

Alireza Nader
Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation

Alex Vatanka
Senior Fellow, MEI

Ishaan Tharoor (Moderator)
Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post