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Calm has been restored for now, but Iran’s economic problems have not gone away just because protesters have left the streets of Tehran. Changes brought about by the “Arab Spring” creating expectations throughout the region, combined with the continued use of economic sanctions by Western nations attempting to convince Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, have led observers to wonder if the current wave of economic unrest could be the beginning of greater demands for change within the Islamic Republic. Iranian businessman, Bijan Khajehpour, provides insight into the nature and depth of Iran’s economic problems and where it all might lead.

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