Iran

Rouhani’s First Quarter: The Economic Scorecard

Rouhani’s First Quarter: The Economic Scorecard

After suffering the effects of decades of crippling sanctions, the Iranian economy has been afforded some breathing room in recent months. Mild relief has come as a result of a deal negotiated in november last year, whereby the P5+1 agreed to relax a limited number of international sanctions in return for Iranian concessions on nuclear […]

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The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The Iran Deal: Beyond Nuclear Proliferation

The interim agreement reached on November 24 in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has been greeted by most as a step in the right direction. In exchange for limited relief from some international sanctions, Iran has committed to rolling back parts of its nuclear program and freezing others, while allowing for IAEA inspections. As the […]

The US, Iran and the Shifting Sands of Middle East Peace

The US, Iran and the Shifting Sands of Middle East Peace

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the UN last week appears to be a further indication of a change in Iran’s strategy in its dealings with the West. After years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s bellicose rhetoric and confrontational posturing, the Iranian regime has taken a much more conciliatory stance since Rouhani’s election earlier this summer. Iranian […]

Managing Expectations After Iran’s 2013 Elections

Managing Expectations After Iran’s 2013 Elections

The election of Hasan Rouhani to the presidency last month has been greeted as indicating a progressive turn in Iranian politics. It is of course too early to tell whether the reformist rhetoric that permeated Rouhani’s campaign will materialize into concrete action. As Iran scholar Ali Ansari argued at a Chatham House event, although labelled as a “moderate” by […]

The 2013 Iranian Presidential Elections: Cause for Optimism?

The 2013 Iranian Presidential Elections: Cause for Optimism?

In the 2009 Iranian presidential elections, votes were counted within a mere 6 hours after polling closed; the results were of course highly contentious, as Mahmud Ahmadinejad was re-elected under widespread suspicions of vote-rigging. This year, the counting process took a while longer – perhaps to most people’s relief – and was seen by many […]