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Engaging Iran Remains Vital after Presidential Election

Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, represents the hardliners within the Islamic Republic.

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Ali Vaez and Naysan Rafati explain why the U.S. should nevertheless persist in working to restore the 2015 nuclear deal to its full promise.

What distinguished these elections in Iran?

No Iranian election since 1979, when the Islamic Republic was founded, has been free and fair by international standards.

There were nonetheless two key differences between the 2021 presidential election and the others held since 1997, when Iran started orchestrating more competitive races and Mohammad Khatami, a reformist, won a…

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