Iran: Will elections spell change? (Part II)

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, center, speaks in an open session of parliament while discussing the bill on Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 11, 2015. Starting Sunday, the approved nuclear deal begins being adopted and implemented

Florence Eid-Oakden, Ph.D, Chief Economist
Charlene Rahall, Seyed Razavi, Hadi Makarem, Ph.D, Analysts


In Part II of this two-part series, we provide insights into recent trade deals signed with the EU and China and analysis of the upcoming parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections.

We tackle the following questions:

  • Following the lifting of sanctions, which countries are garnering the most from resuming trade relations with Iran? What risks do they face?
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to boost Sino-Iranian bilateral trade to $600B in 10 years from only $52B now. How feasible is this goal?
  • Will the hardliners reassert their influence ahead of Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections this month? What preparations have the moderates made to boost their electoral chances?


The Country views series shines the spotlight on specific developments in MENA countries, analysing them from a local perspective to deliver forward looking views for businesses and investors.

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