The Great Debate

One sure way to bring down Iran’s pragmatists? An ‘attaboy’ from the U.S.

February 25, 2016
An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

More anxious to agree than to disagree?

August 1, 2013

Iran’s recent elections produced a striking result. In a six-man race, one candidate won an easy victory without the expected runoff. More to the point, Hassan Rohani campaigned for policies of negotiation and engagement with the West, to lessen Iran’s international isolation.