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Rouhani Re-elected

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected on Friday. He beat his challenger Ebrahim Raisi in a landslide, earning 57% of the votes to Raisi’s 38%. Many had thought that Rouhani would face a serious challenge since much of his campaign promises in 2013 hadn’t come to fruition. He had promised to improve the economy and […]

Rouhani’s Referendum

On Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani suggested he might employ the constitutionally sound tactic of calling for a referendum on important issues. Rouhani didn’t specifically say which issues would be put to referendum, but as Meir Javadanfar says, “it’s safe to assume he was talking about the nuclear program.” Clearly, nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 are at […]

US House Doesn’t Care About Diplomacy

Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that further curtailed Iranian economic activity. These new sanctions seek to cut off Iran from selling its oil abroad. This year alone exports have dropped by 50 percent due in large part to sanctions already in place. The measure still has to pass the Senate, however. And […]

Things to Watch

What role will the Syrian conflict play in P5+1 negotiation with Iran? There’s obviously a lot of positive sentiment surrounding Rouhani and his ability, once he’s sworn in as president of Iran, to be more amenable to negotiating with the P5+1. However, the challenge that he and the rest of the Iranian government faces in Syria could threaten negotiations.  Look […]

Iran Stands to Lose in Syria

Contrary to a recent Washington Post piece, Iran doesn’t stand to gain from continued fighting in Syria. While Iran wants the Assad government to remain – so that Iran can continue to use Syria as a conduit for influence in Lebanon – Iran would have to spend unreasonable amounts of blood and treasure to defeat […]

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