This year's elections underscore the dynamic yearning of Iran's masses for liberal reform, economic recovery, and constructive relations with the outside world.
Rouhani's landslide victory, his endorsement by reformist leaders barred from running, and the high voter turnout, all signaled the depth of discontent and desire for change among the majority of voters.
Only a few hours following Rouhani's victory, too many governments directly tackled the nuclear issue within the few lines of their communiqués. The Iranians just got out of an election, Rouhani won: congratulations!
Those data that are reported tend to possess what I've described as an "Alice in Wonderland" quality. In light of this, it is fair to suggest that any official data on Iran's inflation be taken with a grain of salt. So, how can this problem be overcome?
For defense contractors, the government officials who write them mega checks, and the hawks in the media who cheer them on, the name of the game is threat inflation. And no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton.
If the Obama administration wants to engage a new Rohani administration effectively, and to put U.S.-Iranian relations on a more positive trajectory, it will need to overhaul U.S. policy in four fundamental ways.
Recent developments and atmospherics may presage closer cooperation between Russia and Turkey, and probably with some intent.
As the elections signified, it is the Iranian people who will ultimately shape the destiny of Iran. And it is the Iranian people who have borne the brunt of sanctions, and it is these human impacts that must always be at the forefront of U.S. sanctions policy considerations.
Why would they, namely Khamenei, allow a win by a candidate who had the full support of the reformists who revolted four years ago?
Wow. There is a quiet sea change happening in the Middle East. The 2013 Iranian Election will mark the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another.
Alas, the administration's stated reason for deciding to directly arm the Syrian rebels simply lacks credibility. So why the sudden shift in policy? The aim is apparently to keep the Syrian war going, for some key strategic reasons.
If the odds play in favor of Saeed Jalili and he wins the presidential election, Tehran is likely to face greater regional and international isolation, economic deterioration and higher inflation.
The Syrian civil war is now, for all intents and purposes, a regional and international conflict. It was exactly that for quite some time, but this week it has become too obvious even for all those who somehow hoped, against all odds, that the carnage is just an internal Syrian affair.
Regardless of whom I spoke to, the past four years have been some of the most difficult that Iranians have faced in the past century. Iranians crave democracy, human rights and more now than ever desire an open dialogue with the international community.
From Dubai, a tiny city on the coastline of the Persian Gulf and only a few kilometers from my country, Iran, I do my best to monitor the upcoming presidential election. I'm not able to travel to Iran. Don't judge me, I didn't kill, steal, or commit treason. I am not a fugitive, I am just a journalist!