Tag: Hassan Rouhani

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

A War with US Will Destroy Iran’s Reformist Movement

The portrayal of the United States as a hostile adversary has helped hard-line conservatives to maintain their position within Iran's political system over the past 40 years. In the first week of May, the Trump administration accelerated the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the...

The End of the Iran Nuclear Deal

The End of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran’s economy is set to plunge and the much strained JCPOA with it. But the Islamic Republic will likely remain defiant. Iran’s announcement on May 8 that it will “partially” withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — aka the Iran nuclear deal concluded in 2015...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Prepared”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Prepared”

From the DRC to Iran, should we prepare ourselves for the “death of the king”? Joseph Kabila, the president of the somewhat Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), appears increasingly allergic to the idea of elections contained in the nation’s constitution. The government’s allergic...

Iranians Protest for Change

Iranians Protest for Change

As Iranians rally in anti-government protests, President Rouhani encourages his people to remain united. What began as local demonstrations against Iran’s economic crisis have morphed into violent protests. High inflation and rising prices have brought Iranians to the streets around the...

What’s at Stake in the Iranian Election?

What’s at Stake in the Iranian Election?

Without a cooperative parliament, Rouhani will find it difficult to follow through on promises to restore the economy and enact human rights reform. The election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013 brought hope to many Iranians. The historic agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, its...

Washington’s Diplomatic Touch in Talking to the Enemy

Washington’s Diplomatic Touch in Talking to the Enemy

Building confidence between adversaries is the first step in diplomacy. The Obama administration understands this well. When Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, was arrested in July 2014 in Iran, the motivations for his imprisonment were unclear. Iranian security...

Obama and Rouhani Win the Diplomatic Jackpot

Obama and Rouhani Win the Diplomatic Jackpot

The Middle East is hardly a cheery place these days. But there's one silver lining: The Iran deal is paying off big. In 1748, as part of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, France regained Cape Breton from Great Britain. The island, off the coast of Nova Scotia, had passed back and forth between the...

Iranians Cheated by Rouhani’s Failed Promises

Iranians Cheated by Rouhani’s Failed Promises

Over two years have passed since President Rouhani entered office, yet leaders of the Green Movement are still under house arrest. When Mohammad Khatami, the reformist former president of Iran, asked the Iranian people to vote for Hassan Rouhani, many of us who have supported the reforms and...

Who Will Succeed Ayatollah Khamenei?

Who Will Succeed Ayatollah Khamenei?

Rumors about the Iranian supreme leader’s health highlight uncertainty around his eventual successor. On March 8, images showing Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking in public were broadcast on state television, in an apparent attempt to end speculation in foreign media...

The World Cup Tool: Improving Iran’s Image?

The World Cup Tool: Improving Iran’s Image?

Rouhani is likely to benefit from the success of the Iranian soccer team at the World Cup. It didn’t take long for it to emerge that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shared an understanding of soccer’s political unity with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose militant and...

Iran-West Rapprochement: The Interim Agreement and Beyond

Iran-West Rapprochement: The Interim Agreement and Beyond

A final agreement between Iran and the West will benefit both sides politically and economically. In November 2013, Iran and the West signed an interim agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. It was the first successful negotiation between both parties after 35 years of fruitless diplomatic...

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

Turkey in 2014: A Preview

The AKP will reassert their authority at the ballot box, but they will feel the heat from the Kurdish vote. Turkey is about to embark on a year and a half of pivotal elections — local elections in March, a presidential election in August, and general elections in June 2015. Whatever the...

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