Iran’s presidential election this May could be considered the most consequential in the country’s post-revolutionary era. It may determine Iran’s trajectory toward a more theocratic, militaristic regime or a more democratic, peaceful one, argues Saeid Golkar. Amidst strained relations with Saudi Arabia, civil wars in Yemen and Syria, and uncertainty over the nuclear agreement, Iran’s national security and influence will be a top priority for the new president. How will the new administration shape Iran’s foreign policy in the region and relationship with the US? What bearing will the “deep state” have in Iran’s new administration?