Political ‘spin’ is part of any negotiation process, including in discussions on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. While it can sometimes be useful, it is important to keep expectations in check to ensure that goals are both realistic and achievable.
South Korea’s president recently visited Iran and presented it with a trade-off: realise the full potential of trade and investment with a major Asian economy or maintain illicit military links to North Korea. Iran’s response, while progressive, may have fallen short of her hopes.
Iran’s parliament and the Assembly of Experts generally exercise little control over Tehran’s foreign policy. Nonetheless, the results of the recent election are likely to have an indirect impact on the country’s policies in this area, both in the short and long term.
A coalition of Reformist/Moderate candidates made strong gains in Iran’s recent parliamentary election even though the political landscape is still largely conservative. The result will likely support President Hassan Rouhani’s policies as he presses for further economic, but not political, reforms.