3:01 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
At the American Enterprise Institute, Amir Toumaj writes on the Iranian government's "Economy of Resistance" and the internal disagreement in Tehran over how to best implement it. Toumaj explains how relaxing economic sanctions would give President Hassan Rouhani the ability to protect the country against any future possible sanctions:
Rouhani’s efforts to “sanctions-proof” the Iranian economy raise the stakes for the West in the current nuclear negotiations. It has long been an article of faith among advocates of sanctions relief that the West could re-impose economic penalties on Iran should Iran fail to abide by the terms of a nuclear deal. We can no longer take that assumption on faith. Rouhani may succeed in using significant sanctions relief to harden Iran against future sanctions enough to make them unattractive to the West, particularly if he is also able to build meaningful economic linkages between Iran and the world. The West must therefore approach the prospect of a “final” nuclear deal that significantly reduces sanctions pressure on Iran as the beginning of the end of sanctions as an effective tool of policy toward Tehran. Such an agreement can transform future relations between the Islamic Republic and the West.
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The many faces of Hassan RouhaniJul 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41 • By ALI ALFONEH and REUEL MARC GERECHT
Urbi et Orbi, the city and the world, Tehran and the globe. In his turban and clerical robe, softly speaking of peace, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, resembles a spiritual guide more than a modern politician. Western statesmen, scholars, and journalists have been impressed by the differences between the cleric and his predecessor: Rouhani is everything Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not—intelligent, eloquent, elegant, sophisticated.
No Limitations to Nuke Technology11:22 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Iranian president tells Fareed Zakaria of CNN that, under the nuclear deal, there will be no limitations to nuclear technology and no destruction of centrifuges:
7:38 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is taking to Twitter to gloat about the nuclear deal his country struck with the U.S. and other Western countries.
"Our relationship w/ the world is based on Iranian nation's interests. In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," Rouhani tweeted about an hour ago.
1:34 PM, Jan 6, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
The ascension of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani supposedly represented a “period of hope.” That may be true for Western negotiators hoping to spend more time in Geneva, but not for the Sufis and other religious minorities of Iran, whom the regime in Tehran continues to repress.
In yesterday’s U.N. speech, Obama kissed goodbye to U.S. allies and signed on with Iran, Russia, and Syria.6:05 PM, Sep 25, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani didn’t have to snub Obama yesterday by choosing not to meet with him on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting. But, as with Vladimir Putin’s victory lap op-ed in the New York Times, Rouhani chose to rub Obama’s face in the dirt because he could. Obama hung a “kick me” sign on his back and Rouhani simply took him up on it.
3:03 PM, Sep 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House pool reporter says an unnamed official claims President Obama offered to have an "encounter" with his Iranian counterpart, but was turned down:
11:15 AM, Sep 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bill Kristol joined Anderson Cooper and his panel Wednesday night on CNN to discuss Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapon capability. Watch the video below:
10:20 AM, Sep 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In an unaired portion of an interview with NBC correspondent Ann Curry, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani did not refute his predecessor's claim that the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany was a "myth."
"President [Mahmoud] Ahmadeinejad said that the Holocaust is a myth," said Curry, wearing a head scarf. "Do you agree?"
1:43 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Ann Curry donned a head scarf to interview Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, according to a picture released by the Iranian leader:
Including 18 Republicans.3:09 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
131 members of the House, including 114 Democrats--a majority of the conference in the House--and 17 Republicans, have signed a letter to Barack Obama asking the president to engage with the newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani. Read the text of the letter below:
Iran picks a new leader to read from the same script.7:01 AM, Jun 17, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
It’s not clear why much of the Western media continues to describe Iran’s newly elected president as a “moderate.” After all, Hassan Rouhani is a regime pillar: As an early follower of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Rouhani joined him in exile in Paris, and over the last 34 years, the 64-year-old Qom-educated cleric has held key positions in the regime’s political echelons, and served in top military jobs during Iran’s decade-long war with Iraq.
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