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Rouhani and the Prospects For US-Iran Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kayhan Barzegar

With Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in power, the issue of starting talks with the United States has once again become central in Iran’s domestic politics. Some are in favor of initiating the talks, perceiving them as necessary for removing the sanctions and thus solving Iran’s current economic problems. Others are against it, believing that initiating such talks with the United States is useless and will only endanger Iran’s security-ideological interests. While the issue of direct talks with the United States has become a political matter in Iran, the talks are only likely to occur when there is a convincing chance of success to preserve the country’s interests with a consensus among Iran's various political forces.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/08/rouhani-prospects-nuclear-barzegar.html#ixzz2bnBlQtaU

*Kayhan Barzegar is the director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran and a former research fellow at Harvard University. He also chairs the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran.

Source: Al Monitor
http://www.al-monitor.com/

 More By Kayhan Barzegar:

*Paths forward for the Nuclear Suppliers Group: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Paths-forward-for-the-Nuclear-Suppliers-Group.htm

*The Shifting Nature of Iran’s Regional Policy: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/The-Shifting-Nature-of-Iran-s-Regional-Policy.htm

*The Arab Spring and the Balance of Power in the Middle East: http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/The-Arab-Spring-and-the-Balance-of-Power-in-the-Middle-East.htm

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