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...

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...

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...

Iran’s Foreign Policy: No Substantial Change With Rouhani

July 06, 2013

Rouhani is likely to impact the style but not the substance of Iranian foreign policy. The victory of a new reformist Iranian president has been welcomed by the international community. For many, President-Elect Hassan Rouhani's pragmatism breaks with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard line, and...

Rouhani: New Blood For the Old Regime (Part 2/2)

July 06, 2013

Rouhani's win shows the supreme leader’s hunger for a new domestic and foreign policy agenda. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. First of all, the election result in Iran shows that main power brokers believe in a need for change on the domestic and foreign policy...

Rouhani’s Election: A Victory for the Green Movement?

June 26, 2013

To maintain support among Green Movement sympathizers, Rouhani needs to work for the release of political prisoners. On May 22, when the Guardian Council presented the approved candidates for the June 14 presidential election in Iran, those not approved received more attention than the actual...

Iran’s New President: Averting a Popular Revolt

June 19, 2013

The election of Rouhani as Iran's new president signals a possible change in direction of Tehran’s foreign policy. The election by a clear majority of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's new president on June 15, 2013, has secured for Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei the most...

Iran: A Vote for Moderation

June 19, 2013

Iran has reached a turning point in its history. The vote for Rouhani was a vote for moderation. As was expected, the Iranian people created a new epic event through their massive turnout at Friday's presidential election. Although most analysts speculated before the election that, as a...

No Change After Iran’s Presidential Elections

May 11, 2013

Despite the importance attached to the upcoming presidential elections, when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, there will be no change at the negotiating table. On April 18, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked senators pressing for tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program to be...

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