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Is the Nuke Deadlock ‘According To Plan’ For Iran?

You already know (and not just because we’ve told you) that the talks between the P5+1 and Iran over a final-status nuclear agreement have been extended yet again. But why did the negotiations break down despite statements by US Secretary

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

Netanyahu’s Iran at UNGA

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tried to keep the NYC Iran media momentum going just a little more, but alas it seems there were far less takers than for Rouhani/Zarif. Apparently public diplomacy is like comedy: it’s all about timing. There’s

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Media Coverage, Other News

Iran’s Style Change Overkill

Well, well: Rouhani wished the Jewish people a happy new year, and Javad Zarif distanced himself from Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial. The media’s lovin’ it, while maintaining perspective. Not everyone, unfortunately. For instance, take this analysis in Foreign Affairs depicting Khamenei as

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Syria – Out (for now), Iran – In (again)

President Obama’s deferring the use of force against Damascus refocuses media attention – for the moment, at least – on the wider ramifications of the Syria crisis. Despite the weekend timing, the reaction was swift and sharp. The instinctive response

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military

Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre

Faced with chemical weapons use in Syria, it appears from the reportage that Iran is currently struggling between the typical knee-jerk reaction and a more sober approach. This grappling is fairly transparent: first there was Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s response

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Javad Zarif, Everyone’s Favorite FM

Congratulations to Al-Monitor’s Barbara Slavin for her expose on Iran’s new justice minister.  As far as we can tell, her article was the first serious media examination of the people President Rouhani has surrounded himself with. In comparison, seems the time

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Will Iran’s Changing Tone be Enough?

The media remains excited over Iran’s softening rhetoric. Understandable. Still, facts remain more important than warm fuzzies. Representative of the current sentiment, Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen recently tweeted that “most gestures coming from Iran” (in response to the CIA’s admission to

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Other News
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