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From Isolation to Accommodation: Lessons Learnt from Hassan Rouhani’s First Term in Office

  • Anoushiravan EhteshamiEmail author
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Part of the Contemporary Gulf Studies book series (CGS)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on President Hassan Rouhani’s internal and external roles and tremendous responsibilities in bringing stability to his country domestically and working on the reputation of his country in the region. His policy shifts are analysed keeping in context a deepening regional crisis that Iran was either directly or indirectly involved with President Donald Trump’s election in the United States. His global engagement agenda came with challenges of the nuclear negotiations along with threats from Donald Trump to walk away from the Nuclear Deal with Iran. The analysis reveals that although the JCPOA did not help improve Iran’s relations with the United States or its economy, it helped Iran normalise its status on the international stage as a rational country and allowed Iran to recognise its right to enrich uranium according to regulations set forth in the NPT.

Keywords

Hassan Rouhani Javad Zarif JCPOA Iranian Foreign Policy Nuclear negotiations 

Bibliography

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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