Testing Tehran

The West should take the new Iranian leadership’s policies seriously

20/01/2014 | by Cornelius Adebahr

Carnegie Europe, January 17, 2014, 46 pp (In English)

Category: Security, Arms Control and WMD, Near and Middle East/North Africa, Iran

Is Hassan Rouhani a reformer – or a wolf in sheep’s clothing? The true motives of Tehran’s nuclear program may be unclear, but Rouhani has struck a new tone in Iran’s approach to the West. Deeds must now follow. If matters are to move forward on the nuclear question, however, the West, too, must make an effort with its negotiation partner. Cornelius Adebahr analyses the new framework of Iranian politics, notes possible places for compromise, and outlines the issues that will remain thorny.

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Hassan Rouhani, seventh president of Iran (official portrait)