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One Year On: Iran Since President Raisi

21 August 2022

Raisi is inherently constrained by the superseding role of the Supreme Leader in crucial decision making; and his power to pursue economic, political and social reforms is checked by the various political and religious factions that inflect their power onto the presidency. To overcome the structural challenges that Iran has faced ever since the 1979 revolution, substantive changes to the fundamental political system are needed, but Raisi has the hypothetical capability to catalyse more systematic reform by engaging in meaningful nuclear talks and signing a nuclear deal.

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