June 20, 2024 – Patrick Clawson, “Khamenei’s Presidential Choice: Weak Reformer or Strong Hardliner” penetrating assessment, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, with permission

Iranian presidential elections often produce surprise results, so a victory by Pezeshkian, the one reformist candidate, cannot be ruled out.

Three of Iran’s last four presidents were surprises whose election was not expected when the campaign began. Will the next election, to be held June 28, bring another surprise? Will the reform candidate, Massoud Pezeshkian, at least make it to the second round?

Read full article at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.