There has long been a narrative advanced by the Iranians and their backers in the West. It goes like this: There are two conflicting ruling elites in ...
Rouhani made it clear that despite all of the steps we've taken, including acknowledging them positively at the Assembly of Nations in NY, nothing we've done has thawed our relationship or helped to improve the security of people living in the areas ruled by Iran or its terror proxies.
As the US is engaged in pre-election navel-gazing, Russia is not taking a summer nap. The Kremlin never sleeps, and especially not in August, and not ...
Time and again, Khamenei has modified Iran's political system to strengthen his own power. In theory, he welcomes the public's participation in elections. In practice, he manipulates the system to forestall any effort at substantive change.
When Iran and the six major global powers reached an agreement last summer to put an end to the controversy surrounding Tehran's nuclear program by announcing the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iranians flocked to the streets en masse, rejoicing at what they believed would be the emergence of a new horizon in their lives.
From opposing the nuclear negotiations to impeaching key ministers, parliament made it increasingly difficult for Rouhani to fully realize his moderate political agenda -- until now.
If the United States acts with ill intent and makes it difficult for Iran to receive the benefits it is due under the deal, then years of diplomacy will be undone and a zero-sum mentality will once again take hold between the two countries -- with disastrous consequences for the region.
Iranians recently voted for a new parliament as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation.
Some have argued that in the post-Iran-deal-era, the EU would prefer to engage Tehran with human rights dialogue rather than adopting aggressive strategies such as public statement or human rights sanctions. Yet, there is not a single piece of evidence to show such engagement.
The message of these elections to global powers is that they should approach Iran with respect rather than with threats and drop anti-Iranian rhetoric. Iranians who went to the voting booths have a palpable sense of the indifference of the West to the existence of democracy and elections in Iran. They know that any claims by the West to respect public participation in Iran loses its credibility, because they see that Western allies in the region have zero democracy.
Iran can still surprise. Voter turnout has surpassed 60 percent. Victory by candidates aligned with President Rouhani already exceeds expectations. This begs the question: What just happened? Perhaps above all else, these elections reflect Iranian society's continued desire to bring about change through gradual evolution rather than radical upheaval.
A clear path for hope in the future has been opened up by these elections. The hard-liners that have isolated Iran and repressed its people are on the wane.
Tourism, a topic discussed when China Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last ...
This week, President Hassan Rouhani will visit Europe, including France, his first trip since the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal. The two governments will focus on boosting economic ties, and Rouhani will seek to end years of Iran's isolation.
14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Washington, 1 February 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cancelled his lunch with François Hollande because the latter didn't want to take the wine off the table
President Rouhani's visit to Europe this week is a reminder of how much has changed since last July. But Iran's eventual rehabilitation into the international community is by no means a done deal.