July 15, 2015

DEFEATING THE GREAT SATAN IN NEGOTIATIONS GIVES HIM IMPETUS:

Iran's Main Enemy Is Within (Robin Mills, 7/15/15, Bloomberg View)

Three pragmatic or reformist governments have held power since the revolution, headed by Presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-97), Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) and Hassan Rouhani (since 2013). Each began with promising economic reforms and improvements in foreign relations, but Rafsanjani and Khatami ultimately failed, defeated by entrenched opposition within the regime. Rouhani could easily share their fate.

Success will depend on Rouhani's ability to ignite growth in the oil and gas sectors, which account for 22 percent of gross domestic product and 27 percent of the 2015-2016 budget (figures that will increase once full-scale oil exports resume). Even before Tuesday's deal on Iran's nuclear program triggered euphoria in the streets of Tehran, oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh had been laying the groundwork.

Posted by at July 15, 2015 7:25 PM
  

blog comments powered by Disqus
« THE RIGHT'S HOAX: | Main | WHICH WAS THE POINT OF THE DEAL: »