Briefing – Understanding Iran: post-sanctions investment in a post-elections landscape Audio and Slides


These slides form the basis of an hour-long briefing by our Iran Strategic Focus lead editor, Dr Bijan Khajehpour, on 3 March 2016. 

Preview of the video-slideshow:


In particular the presentation addressed:

  • The domestic political dynamics in the aftermath of the twin elections, held on 26 February
  • The outlook for the country’s political and economic developments.
  • The risks and opportunities facing international companies investing in Iran.
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The following text sets the context in which the briefing was given. 

Since the beginning of 2016, Iran’s moderate government had scored a number of successes: the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 16 January 2016, and the consequent lifting of many international sanctions, was followed by a successful visit to Italy and France by President Hassan Rohani during which billions of dollars’ worth of contracts were signed with European firms.

However, President Rohani still faced mounting domestic opposition from hardline factions. These used their influence to bar many reformist candidates from standing in the February 2016 elections for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, but moderates still made significant gains in these votes nevertheless. This talk explains the vital political changes that are currently taking place within Iran, as well as examining what their implications for international investors will be.

There is no doubt that Iran offers extensive opportunities to international companies. Our presentation looks at the economy in detail, outlining its strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and risks for those doing business with Iran. Our presentation provides ‘SWOT’ analysis, and takes care to identify the key signposts to look out for in terms of whether the encouraging developments in Iran’s business community merit the optimism that they are bring given.


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