Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era

Breakout Capacity: Iran in the Rouhani Era
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Astrakhan, Russia, Sept. 29, 2014 (Photo from the website of the Russian president).
Hassan Rouhani assumed the presidency of Iran last year amid great expectations for reform at home and renewed engagement abroad. From nuclear negotiations to the crises in Iraq and Syria, Rouhani’s term has so far been a mixed bag, offering hope but not yet transformation, as the articles in this report show.
Domestic Politics

Iran’s Structural Constraints Limit Rouhani’s Domestic Agenda
By Rouzbeh Parsi
March 6, 2014

Iran’s Rouhani Stokes Domestic Backlash With Attack on Critics
By Nader Habibi
Aug. 18, 2014

Dual Powers: Repression and Participation in Iran
By Manochehr Dorraj
Feb. 18, 2014

Out of the Shadows: Iran’s Evolving Approach to Drug Addiction
By Mehrun Etebari
Oct. 28, 2014

Expect Surprises as Iran Prepares for Khamenei’s Successor
By Frida Ghitis
Oct. 9, 2014

Regional Affairs

Iran’s Diplomatic Offensive Divides Gulf States
By Theodore Karasik
Dec. 16, 2013

Iran’s Participation Crucial to Resolving Syrian Crisis
By Carol E.B. Choksy and Jamsheed K. Choksy
Jan. 23, 2014

Iraq’s Turmoil Highlights Extent and Limits of Iran’s Influence
By Alireza Nader
Jan. 27, 2014

Saudi Outreach to Iran Represents a Shift in Tactics, Not Objectives
By Brandon Friedman
June 6, 2014

‘Grand Bargain’ in Yemen, Iraq Latest Sign of Iran-Saudi Arabia Thaw
By Nader Habibi
Oct. 10, 2014

Turkey, Iran Compartmentalize Ties to Sidestep Differences
By Aaron Stein
June 11, 2014

International Relations

Despite Softer Rhetoric, Iran Foreign Policy Shows Little Change
By Richard Weitz
June 24, 2014

Iran Keeps Longstanding Ties With Horn of Africa to Outflank Rivals
Interview with Jeffrey Lefebvre
Oct. 27, 2014

Middle East’s Sectarian Tensions Play Out in Sudan-Iran Relations
By Harry Verhoeven
Sept. 22, 2014

Iran-Pakistan Border a Major Concern in Bilateral Relationship
Interview with Isaac Kfir
April 14, 2014

Border Violence in Baluchistan Tests Iran-Pakistan Relations
By Arif Rafiq
Nov. 4, 2014

Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications
By Richard Weitz
Sept. 30, 2014

High-Profile Naval Visit Belies China’s Low-Profile Approach to Iran
By Richard Weitz
Sept. 23, 2014

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