By Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dara Conduit
This booklet evaluates President Hassan Rouhani's overseas coverage in the course of his first years in place of work, the case stories of Armenia, Azerbaijan, the UAE, Turkey, and Syria, in addition to the Iran-US dating. President Rouhani got here to strength in Iran in 2013 promising to reform the country's long-contentious overseas coverage. His best priorities have been rehabilitating the Iranian economic system, finishing the nuclear dispute, rebuilding kinfolk with the united states, and mending ties with Iran's friends. it really is argued right here that whereas President Rouhani has made growth within the Iran-US courting, in nuclear negotiations and a few bilateral relationships, his broader luck has been hampered by means of neighborhood political advancements and family festival. additional, it's contended that his destiny good fortune should be guided through rising local tensions, together with no matter if Iran's acquaintances will settle for the phrases of the nuclear agreement.
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4. For details of Khomeini’s vision, also see Ruhollah Khomeini, Islamic Government (Springﬁeld, VA: National Technical Information Service, 1979). 5. B. Tauris, 2014). pp. 107–113. 6. The hostage crisis is discussed in detail in David Farber, Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America’s First Encounter with Radical Islam (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005). 7. For a discussion of Iran’s reaction to the “Arab Spring” and relations with Syria and Hezbollah, see Shahram Akbarzadeh, “The Arab Revolution is bad news for Iran,” in Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule after the Arab Spring, ed.
In exchange for the termination of all nuclearrelated resolutions, Iran thus accepted to roll back and redirect crucial aspects of its program. Crucially, however, Iran jeopardized neither its independence nor its dignity since the Iran–P5+1 agreement acknowledged its right to the full fuel cycle. Third, the Rouhani and Obama administrations used the nuclear issue as a proxy and a signiﬁcant opportunity for public bilateral and multilateral encounters. For President Rouhani, this was driven by choice and necessity: he (and several ofﬁcials in his administration) had a long history of pursuing more conciliatory strategies toward the United States, and his economic and foreign policy agendas required that the nuclear issue be resolved.
Asked if the regime 48 ● Morgane Colleau feared that the Republican-controlled Congress would force the President to revoke US commitments under a nuclear agreement with Iran, his response was unequivocal: The responsibility of bringing [the US] into line falls on the shoulders of the President of the United States . . He will have to stop implementing all the sanctions—economic and ﬁnancial sanctions—that have been imposed on Iran . . 60 Finally, following the announcement of the November 2013 JPOA, both sides sought to maintain a positive atmosphere, continuously emphasizing that their negotiations were achieving progress and a sustainable solution was within reach.