Which Iran Will We Choose?

December 23, 2013

Collaboration with Iran on scientific projects can facilitate a comprehensive nuclear deal. The historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout...

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: 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...

It’s America’s Turn to Show Political Resolve

September 02, 2013

"Political will is the precondition for the improvement of relations." The new Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has taken over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran from his predecessor, Ali Akbar Salehi, at a time when the entire Middle East and...

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,...

A Few Thoughts on Iran’s New President

August 05, 2013

Whether Rouhani is a dealmaker depends partly on the actions of Obama and Congress. The Ahmadinejad era has officially come to an end. Rest assure, few in Iran are mourning this occasion. But questions still remain as to whether the new president, Hassan Rouhani, can usher in a new era. Here are a...

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 2/2)

July 24, 2013

Under Rouhani, it will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Manuel Langendorf: Was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ally, Rahim Mashaie, excluded from the election because he is an opponent of Khamenei and the conservative establishment? Was...

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 1/2)

July 18, 2013

Under Rouhani, It will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the first of a two part series. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in office, Iran elected Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president on June 15. Rouhani, an early supporter of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,...

Rouhani: Learning From Khatami’s Experience?

July 10, 2013

Rouhani’s presidency is likely to represent progressive reform in Iran. Iran is likely to change substantively under Hassan Rouhani’s leadership. Allow me to qualify "change". Change is not regime change, nor is it change toward a more secular, liberal political system...

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