Rowhani the Decision Shaper

The Supreme Leader has the final say, but Iran's new president can do much to guide his choices.

Now, ten years later, he might be able to finally reshape his legacy. He might once again be able to lobby for maneuvering that can break the nuclear deadlock. But unless his decision-shaping expertise is taken seriously—and his foreign counterparts give him a genuine reason to utilize it—we will probably never find out.

Mohammad Ali Shabani is a doctoral candidate focusing on Iran at SOAS, University of London. Mahsa Rouhi is a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on Iranian affairs.

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