Election Exposed Deep Polarization Within Iran

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The Cipher Brief’s Bennett Seftel sat down with Suzanne Maloney, Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, to discuss how the results from last Friday’s Iranian presidential election could impact Iranian domestic and foreign policy moving forward.

The Cipher Brief: Leading up to the Iranian presidential election, polls showed incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and main hardline rival Ebrahim Raisi competing in a tight race. How surprised were you by Rouhani’s decisive victory after he obtained 57 percent of the vote compared to Raisi’s 38 percent?

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