Two years into a term that promised to change the tone and substance of Iran’s politics and relationships around the world, a panel of experts gathered to assess President Rouhani’s performance beyond the nuclear deal. That’s the focus of this edition of REWIND.
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"[In Afghanistan], the U.S.–Iran deal’s implications are less complicated and largely positive. Afghanistan could be one of the deal’s biggest beneficiaries, and for two major reasons," writes Michael Kugelman.
"After decades of living in a pariah nation, Iranians seem to crave normalcy—but on their own terms. Figuring out their relationship with the outside world is a big part of the transition," writes Robin Wright.
"The India-US civil nuclear accord proved a gamechanger for broader ties between Delhi and Washington. A decade hence, perhaps we will be able to describe the recently signed nuclear agreement with Iran in similar terms," writes Robert Hathaway.
"Some hoped that Jason Rezaian would be freed once an agreement was reached over Iran’s nuclear program, but the truth is that his fate-–like that of the other American-Iranians serving time–-was never dependent on the outcome of the nuclear negotiations," writes Haleh Esfandiari.
"An agreement this complex will require interaction between the United States and Iran at many levels. To what extent that interaction, cooperation, and problem-solving (rather than problem-creating) will extend from the nuclear issue to regional issues is another matter," writes Aaron David Miller.
"The administration has adopted a preemptory, and sometimes arrogant, tone in selling this accord...The more certain and authoritative the administration sounds, and the more it suggests in word and tone that it alone knows best, the more pushback it will draw," writes Aaron David Miller.
"There is this sense among the clerics who are now in their late 50's, 60's, 70's, that they have to accommodate in some ways the noise on the streets and particularly the hardships that Iranians have had to endure as a result of both sanctions and the mismanagement of the last president," says Robin Wright in this interview on NPR's "On Point."