September 10, 2015

THE DISCIPLINE OF DEMOCRACY:

'I am hopeful' - an Iranian view of the nuclear deal : An academic sees scope for greater political freedom in his country. (Chiara Pellegrino | Sep 10 2015, MercatorNet)

In this interview Nasser Hadian, Professor of Political Science at the University of Tehran, talks to Chiara Pellegrino of Oasis about this development.

 
How has the US-Iran nuclear agreement been welcomed in Iran?

In terms of the reception within the general population, I can say that the majority of Iranians welcome the deal. In other words, not everyone is happy about the deal, and also not everyone was happy about the details of the deal, but the majority support it. The Iranian élites are generally divided into four groups: one which basically welcomes it all the way; another one that has criticisms but still welcome it; a third one that has legitimates criticism and has rejected it; and the fourth one, which is critical of the deal because they believe that it is not in Iran's interest to have any deal on its program.

How could the agreement affect the Iranian politics and society?

In term of the society, the expectation is the removal of the sanctions. This will gradually impact various aspects of society, leading to more investments, more jobs available, and an improvement in the standard of living. This is the platform that President Rouhani ran on, and the reason that he won the election. The Iranian people will expect him to honour his promises. 


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