Iran and United States have intensified their nuclear negotiations with difference teams meeting to agree on a draft agreement. It is possible that they want a draft agreement by September 22nd, the date Iran’s foreign minister, and possibly President Rouhani, will come to New York to attend United Nations General Assembly. It was reported that Iran has agreed to a maximum of 7,000 centrifuges. This could break the ice, and with high ranking officials meeting in Geneva, there is cautious optimism.
Christian Emery’s perceptive piece addresses the challenges faced by Rouhani’s government. Drawing on the experiences of Khatami’s presidency ( 1997-2005), will “Rouhani’s attempts to ease cultural and political restrictions in Iran could trigger a struggle for the future of the Islamic Republic ?”
Rouhani’s government has injected new energy into Iranian universities. According to this article in the Economist, the “new president is giving students a longer leash.”
President Rouhani’s campaign of hope and moderation is facing serious challenges at home. Since his election in June 2013, Rouhani has attempted to moderate the Islamic Republic’s domestic and foreign policies. But as Scott Peterson reports from Tehran, six months into his presidency, Rouhani is struggling to placate supporters who are disappointed with the slow pace of reforms.
Ex-home secretary Jack Straw returns from a visit to Tehran convinced that it’s time for the West to rethink its relationship with the regime
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is setting his new agenda to music, by reviving one of the country’s few publicly accepted performances. Watch this Special Report by CNN Christian Amanpour.
“Nearly eight months after President Hassan Rouhani’s surprise election victory, in which the centrist cleric trounced influential conservative candidates, Iran’s hardliners are behaving as if they never lost.”
According to an article in the LA Times, Rouhani’s opening with the United States has encouraged tour agencies in the United States to explore possible tours inside Iran. It seems that a boomlet has begun. The article quotes Janet Moore, owner of the Long Beach-based tour operator Distant Horizons, saying she “arranged Iranian trips for 50-60 U.S. travelers in 2013. In 2014, she expects that number to be at least 250 people, including three trips in connection with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and one with the San Francisco-based Commonwealth Club of California.”
Good article by Farideh Farhi, describing her observations after a 3-months stay in Iran.