Rouhani’s Iran: Striking the Balance Between Continuity and Change

February 21, 2014

Is Rouhani really Ayatollah Gorbachev? Analysts have been quick to make assumptions about President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic maneuvers, translating his diplomatic skills as reminiscent of Mikhail Gorbachev’s era of Perestroika and Glasnost. Jochen Bittner of Die...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 1/2)

December 22, 2013

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran.   Few policy makers in the United States conceal the fact that the Obama administration would like to use the intention of Iranian authorities — to normalize their relations with the West — to restore political...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

December 04, 2013

Iran’s goal in the nuclear negotiations is not just an easing of sanctions. Iran’s catastrophic economic situation is seen by many observers as the Rouhani government’s central motive to end the nuclear standoff – and the sanctions against Iran – as quickly as...

Iran: From Hyperinflation to Stability?

November 28, 2013

Economic progress in Iran is tentative and likely quite fragile. With the announcement on Saturday night that Iran and the P5+1 group reached a tentative deal over the Iranian nuclear program, the Iranian rial appreciated 3.45% against the dollar on the black market. The rial jumped from 30,000...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 2/2)

September 17, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Reviewing the composition of Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet gives us some insight into his administration and policies. From the...

Iran: Moderation, Hope, and Changing Attitudes (Part 1/2)

September 10, 2013

Under Rouhani, rationality has started to play a powerful role in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. This is the first of a two part series. The recent presidential polls in Iran resulted in the election of Hassan Rouhani, who began his term after introducing his cabinet for a vote of...

Iran: Easing Tech Sanctions Opens Doors to Trade

August 14, 2013

The easing of tech sanctions offers the opportunity to reintroduce Iran as a potential market of entrepreneurs. The US Treasury Department recently issued "General License D," allowing the export of personal communications hardware and fee-based software to Iran. US mobile phones,...

Nefarious Fallouts of Sanctions on Iran

August 09, 2013

Rouhani's election presents an opportunity to dissolve the dense web of sanctions against Iran. Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has promised to ease tensions surrounding the international relations of his country. In line with the will of the majority of Iranians, the issue of...