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The last best chance for Iran

Is Iran's new President a friend or foe?

By Michael Axworthy   December 2013

An initial deal has been struck with Iran over their nuclear weapons

When Hassan Rouhani was studying for a doctorate at Glasgow Caledonian University in the late 1990s, staff and other students found him friendly and approachable. Then approaching 50 years old, Rouhani was interweaving sessions of academic work in Glasgow with his role as Deputy Speaker of the Iranian parliament (Iranian elites have long placed a value on western education). Rouhani, who made a point of removing his cleric’s turban when walking around the…

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