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The Global Implications of Iran’s Election

In Iran’s presidential runoff, voters chose between two candidates on opposite sides of the political spectrum. The anti-Western Axis of Resistance will survive, but reformist Masoud Pezeshkian's victory could provide an opening to erode its cohesion.

MADRID – The second round of Iran’s presidential election unfolded with little fanfare last weekend. But with reformist candidate Masoud Pezeshkian defeating his hardline anti-Western opponent, Saeed Jalili, the world should be paying attention. At a time of deep tensions and shifting alliances, these results will reverberate across the region and beyond.