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Iran’s Presidential Election: What to Expect (and Not)

May 18, 2017

Episode Notes:

Iran is holding a presidential election tomorrow and the winner will either be the current president, Hassan Rouhani - a reformist - and Ebrahim Raisi - a hardliner. Afshon Ostovar of the Naval Postgraduate School and author of Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards breaks it down for us. How much power does Iran's president actually have to make big changes? What could the outcome mean for the region and the Islamic Republic's adversarial relationship with the United States? Ostovar answers these questions and more.