Rouhani’s First Year

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by Farideh Farhi Ten months into office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has proven adept at isolating his hard-line critics and maintaining the political alliance that brought him to power. Skepticism regarding his ability to deliver on his campaign promises of… Continue Reading  

Can Iran’s Zarif Pull Through?

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by Jasmin Ramsey “He may be the only person in the world who can telephone both Senator Dianne Feinsten and the Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah,” writes the veteran U.S. foreign affairs journalist Robin Wright about Iran’s famous foreign minister. Her New Yorker profile is… Continue Reading  

Iran Nuclear Deal: Uphill on the Homestretch?

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by François Nicoullaud To date, negotiators on both sides of the talks over Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which resume next week, have been remarkably discreet. Even at the political level, people have been unusually quiet. This is an excellent omen. In… Continue Reading  

Iran Human Rights: President Rouhani, Listen to Your Public

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by Sussan Tahmasebi* While enjoying unprecedented successes in international relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to be suffering a stalemate when it comes to building trust and cooperation between different factions in the Iranian state. As a result, he seems plagued… Continue Reading  

Iranians Lukewarm on Rouhani, Oppose Syria Intervention: Poll

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by Barbara Slavin A new poll following the election of Hassan Rouhani says that a majority of Iranians oppose Iran’s intervention in Syria and Iraq and believe that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons despite their government’s claims to the contrary. The… Continue Reading