Iran analysts were divided on the
foreign policy implications of Iranian President-elect
Hassan Rowhani’s election during a panel discussion at the Stimson Center on Monday.
Rowhani, a cleric and intellectual,
has been described as a “moderate reformer” in the media despite his long
relationship with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his past harsh rhetoric
against student protesters, and his claim that he deceived the West into
allowing Iran’s nuclear program to progress surreptitiously during his tenure
as nuclear negotiator with Europe.
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