Iran's presidential elections take place on June 14, and it is certain that a new leader will replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is constitutionally barred from running for a third term. Of the 700 hopeful candidates who have registered, only a few will be allowed to run by the Guardian Council -- a group of twelve men mostly appointed by the Supreme Leader. What remains uncertain is which candidates will run and how contested this election might be.
In 2009, Iran's previous elections were controversial, sparking a Green Revolution and weeks of violent protests. This year, regardless of who is ultimately chosen, Iran's next president will undoubtedly inherit many challenges, ranging from the country's relations with the Syrian regime to its nuclear program to the need to bolster an economy that suffers from 30% inflation and crippling international sanctions.
Iran expert Abbas Milani will discuss the election's outcome and what the change in leadership means for the region, the US and the world.
Speaker: Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University
Moderator: Charles Frankel, Honorary Consul, Republic of Botswana
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