Iranian Media on U.S. Election Results

Iranian newspapers from across the political spectrum – reformist, centrist, conservative and hardline – closely tracked the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The papers differed in their coverage based on their ideological leaning. Reformist and centrist outlets covered former Vice President Joe Biden’s projected victory as a major turning point in U.S.-Iran relations. “America’s New Chapter” read a front-page headline in Aftab-e Yazd, a reformist newspaper, on November 8.

Conservative and hardline papers focused instead on President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the election and his claims of widespread voter fraud. “Graveyard of Democracy” read a front-page headline in Vatan-e Emrooz, a conservative paper, on November 8. Right-wing papers were more skeptical about improved relations with the United States under a Biden presidency. “U.S. democratic presidents have had the most enmity with Iran,” reported Javan, a hardline newspaper, on November 9.

The newspapers also speculated on the potential makeup of Biden’s potential cabinet. Shargh, a reformist paper, reported on four women in the running for cabinet positions. They included former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who negotiated the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy and Lael Brainard, member of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.



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 America's New Chapter 

Joe Biden officially became the U.S. president. Trump refused to accept defeat

Aftab Nov 8



Arman 8

Outraged President!

With the official announcement of Biden as president-elect,
the White House is waiting for Trump to leave

Arman 8



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Joe Biden Elected President of the United States

Etemad Nov 8



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Rejection of Populism

Biden won with the announcement of votes in Pennsylvania and Nevada.
Biden has promised to restore the United States' relationship with its allies 

Shargh Nov 9



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Why Biden's Cabinet is Important

The U.S. president-elect's possible cabinet, from Susan Rice to Elizabeth Warren

Aftab Nov 9



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"Team of Rivals" in Biden Administration

First media speculations on the line-up of the next U.S. administration

Shargh Nov 9




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It's Over

The Trump era has come to an end after
four days of election ambiguity and Biden's ultimate victory

Hamshahri Nov 8



Khorasan Nov 8

The United States Changed its Mask

Khorasan Nov 8



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For the World, the Region and Iran: What's on Biden's Mind?

Donya Nov 9



Nov 9 Khorasan

Biden's Plan for Iran

Biden's editorial on CNN and his vice president's statements
show that Trump's "maximum pressure" will turn into "intelligent pressure." 

Khorasan Nov 9



Conservative and Hardline

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Biden Won the U.S. Presidential Elections

Abrar Nov 8



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Victory Cup in Joe Biden's Hands

Democratic candidate became the 46th U.S. president.
Symbol that maximum pressure against Iran failed

Iran Nov 8



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Killer of Qassem Soleimani and Agent of Maximum Pressure Thrown Out

Javan Nov 8



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America's Iron Fist Becomes Velvet

Overall, U.S. democratic presidents have had the most enmity with Iran

javan nov 9


Photo Credits: All photos from Iran Front Pages (CC By 4.0)

Andrew Hanna, a program specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Ashley Lane, an intern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, assembled this report.