Tag: Rouhani

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 […]

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 […]