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Doug Saunder
Doug Saunder
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Doug Saunders

As Iran addresses the world, five factors shape the outcome

When Hassan Rouhani takes the stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, it will be like no speech we’ve heard from Iran in almost a decade. The recently-elected Iranian president may or may not be a bona fide reformer but his language and gestures mark a profound change from the hostile histrionics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who brought Iran and the West to the brink of outright conflict and provoked a round of sanctions that have isolated and wounded his country’s economy.