Iran: Between Ahmadinejad and Rouhani

Iran: Between Ahmadinejad and Rouhani

  • 23 December 2013

As soon as Hassan Rouhani took over the reins of power, Iran began to show more openness to the world, largely regarding – but not limited to – the issue surrounding its nuclear program. Improving relations with Iran’s neighbors – especially the GCC states, and Saudi Arabia in particular – came at the top of the list of priorities of the Iranian government under President Hassan Rouhani, who described them as ‘sister’ countries. Visits by the Iranian foreign minister to a number of GCC countries are in keeping with this new priority.

This new policy was accompanied by a number of puzzling questions for most observers of regional affairs; for example, was the arrival of Rouhani the reason for such openness, or had other factors contributed to this new trend? If so, were these factors unique to the Rouhani era, or part of the legacy of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? How important is it to recognize the difference between the Iranian regime and the Iranian government, and what is the common link between the two? What are the fundamentals that must be taken into consideration when extrapolating the future of Iran’s new approach, and the true potential of this trend toward openness to the world—and especially the GCC countries?

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Monday 23 December 2013

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Monday 23 December 2013

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