One year ago, Hassan Rouhani, a cleric running on a moderate platform, won the Iranian presidential election. Iranians hoped that Rouhani would pursue reformist and pragmatist causes from his centrist position within the establishment and make good on his campaign promises for social and economic liberalization, women’s rights, a new approach to nuclear talks, and a strategy to ease international financial and diplomatic isolation. The West hoped Rouhani, who served as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator between 2003 and 2005, would be a better partner to advance nuclear negotiations. But Rouhani is contending with a powerful conservative bloc within the Iranian regime that is highly skeptical of the reforms and compromise with the West on the nuclear program.
One year later, how has Rouhani fared? Four Iranian experts discuss Rouhani’s policies and prospects for change.
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