Speaking to C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour discussed the recent election of new Iranian president, Hassan Rowhani, and the impact his election will have on regional dynamics. Sadjadpour explained that Iranian presidents have long sought to claim more independence but that Rowhani is just as part of the establishment as any other politician. Sadjadpour argued that Rowhani's win is evidence of Iranians voting against the status quo after a decade of debilitating economic sanctions and an increasingly hostile foreign policy under the leadership of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Although Rowhani is limited in what he can do, the Obama administration is hoping build confidence with Iran to work on a number of critical issues like the ongoing Syrian crisis, Sadjadpour concluded.
The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in political reform and Islamist participation in pluralistic politics.
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