Podcast: Explaining Iran’s Latest Protests

Protesters in Tehran, Iran, June 25, 2018

I joined Austria’s Radio FM4 on Tuesday to explain the reasons for the latest surge in Iran’s protests and to look at what might happen next.

The pressure on the Rouhani Government is immense. The immediate pressure from people who are complaining that they have had no improvement in their economic situation, since the nuclear deal in 2015, is accompanied by attacks from hardliners, who are happy to use these protests to get Rouhani out.

Where does this lead? It might end with Rouhani falling from power. We could well have a call for new elections and a new Government, but we could well have a takeover by the Supreme Leader’s office and/or by the military.

See also Iran Daily: 1000s March in Tehran Over Currency Collapse and Economic Situation

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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