Despite the oft-tense relations between the United States and Iran, the two nations have largely managed to keep the peace in the Persian Gulf waters. The J.C.P.O.A. offers an opportunity to improve maritime cooperation, including G.C.C. states, which may serve to defuse tensions.
Since Iran signed the nuclear deal with world powers in July 2015, Tehran has seen a flood of foreign visitors. Nine heads of state, 16 foreign ministers and dozens of other senior-level officials from across the world have come looking for diplomatic deals and economic opportunities. Iran is open for business and, as of mid-May, Tehran had secured about $3.5 billions in foreign investment since the nuclear deal, and billions more are in the pipelines.
In this week's briefing, MEI experts discuss recent and upcoming events including the disappearance of a journalist from the Saudi consulate in Turkey, the arrests opposition leader and prominent journalist in Pakistan, and Iran’s decision to join the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
At the heart of Rouhani’s political message in 2013 and 2017 was the promise of fundamental political and economic reform, including negotiations with foreign adversaries such as the United States. If he cannot pull it off because Khamenei won’t allow it, then Rouhani should put his case to the people.
The Middle East Institute’s IranObserved project provides daily tracking and analysis of Iranian policies and actions at home and abroad. The project aims to help policy makers and practitioners, as well as all organizations and individuals interested in the Middle East, to identify and understand the Islamic Republic’s soft power and hard power strategies, Iran’s regional proxies and support networks, major sociopolitical developments inside Iran, and Iranian political and military leaders that shape and implement Tehran’s domestic and external actions. The reports and analysis are drawn directly from the Farsi-language press and media published inside Iran.