This August, Hassan Rouhani will take office as Iran’s next president, and the world will have a new face to confront on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.
Rouhani, a moderate cleric, won a landslide victory in Iran’s June presidential elections. He’ll replace the inflammatory Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has reached his term limit.
Any future shift in tone could have a dramatic impact on the path of ongoing nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, and Germany) and Iran. And already some signs of optimism are beginning to surface.
But to capitalize on this potential moment of opportunity, the Obama administration and the nation’s allies must be prepared.
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