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UIThe Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites you to a discussion on the upcoming presidential election in Iran in June. The election takes place in a troubled region. The chaos in Syria is not far away and the sanctions against Iran have affected the country. The eleventh presidential election in Iran is scheduled to be held on Friday, 14 June 2013. What is the likely outcome of this presidential election? What effect may the election have on the political development in the country? What will be the main challenges for the new president – in the region, and in Iran’s relationship with the world? What effect could the election have on Iran’s nuclear programme?

Dina Esfandiary is Research Associate at the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Her research focuses on non-proliferation and general security in the Middle East, including but not limited to, Iran’s nuclear programme and internal security and Syria’s WMD programmes.

Rouzbeh Parsi has been Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) since June 2009. His focus is on Iran, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Parsi was previously a Lecturer at the Department of Interdisciplinary Human Rights Studies at Lund University. He holds a PhD in History from Lund University on identity formation and nationalism in modern Iran.

Date: Thursday May 30, 2013
Time: 16.30–18.00. Doors will close at 16.30.
Location: The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm.
Registration: Register online here.
Seminar fee: 100 SEK

The discussions will be moderated by Per Jönsson, editor at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and former correspondant for Dagens Nyheter. He has been following the developments in the Middle East since 1967.