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Is Iran back in the game?

Lifting sanctions hasn't brought the promised economic benefits, but regional influence is at its strongest since the revolution

By Christopher de Bellaigue  

An Iranian woman and child walk past graffiti in downtown Tehran ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

On a recent trip to Iran with a group of westerners, sitting in the boardroom of a mid-sized producer of white goods in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, someone in our party alluded in passing to the recent lifting of sanctions. The Chief Executive of this family business, a United States-educated Master of Business Administration who is looking forward to handing…

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