Abbas Milani tries to decipher the new Iranian president: How far will Rouhani’s new spirit guide him? Just far enough to stabilize a despotic regime? Or will he change the nature of the government? Unfortunately, U.S. policy does a poor job of anticipating both scenarios. On the one hand, sanctions are far too blunt. They have injured … Continue reading Rapprochement With Rouhani? Ctd
Fareed encourages the administration to engage with Iran: Now of course this could all be camouflage and smoke screen. But there is another possibility. The international sanctions against Iran are hurting the country badly. Tehran’s support for Bashar Assad’s brutal regime in Syria is costing Iran money and arms every month and has tarnished its legitimacy at … Continue reading Rapprochement With Rouhani? Ctd
Jasmin Ramsey reports on the good vibes stemming from letters exchanged between Obama and Rouhani recently: That both leaders have publicly acknowledged such rare contact is an important development in and of itself, according to Robert E. Hunter, who served on the National Security Council staff throughout the Jimmy Carter administration. “This is an effort … Continue reading Rapprochement With Rouhani? Ctd
On Sunday, Hassan Rouhani was sworn in the new Iranian president. Abbas Milani thinks his proposed cabinet shows promise: [I]n spite of dire warnings from websites close to Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Rouhani did include in his 18 cabinet nominees (who must be approved by Parliament) some key figures close to the reformists … Continue reading Rapprochement With Rouhani?