Yasmin Alem

  • Rouhani’s First One Hundred Days

    Cautious Domestic Reforms and Nuclear Breakthrough

    After eight turbulent years during which conservatives monopolized Iranian politics, the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rouhani on June 14, 2013, marked a new chapter in post-revolutionary Iranian politics. In the latest Iran Task Force issue brief, "Rouhani’s First One Hundred Days: Cautious Domestic Reforms and Nuclear Breakthrough," authors Yasmin Alem and Barbara Slavin examine Rouhani's policies through the recent nuclear deal, what the accord signals for the future of comprehensive negotiations, and what steps the United States can take to encourage more centrist policies in Iran.

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  • Rouhani’s First One Hundred Days: Cautious Domestic Reforms as Nuclear Crisis Continues

    After eight turbulent years during which conservatives monopolized Iranian politics, the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rouhani on June 14, 2013, marked a new, yet in some ways familiar chapter in post-revolutionary Iranian politics. It was new in the sense that his sweeping victory demonstrated unprecedented popular desire for change and elite recognition of the need for a less confrontational foreign policy. But Rouhani’s presidency is also familiar because the team he has assembled is drawn from the old guard of the Islamic Republic, which enabled the regime to survive following the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War.

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  • Looking Back on Hassan Rouhani's First Hundred Days

    Hassan Rouhani’s election as president of Iran in June led to an upsurge of speculation that Iranian policies, particularly in foreign policy, would begin to change The Iran Task Force of the South Asia Center on Nov. 20 presented a paper on Rouhani’s first hundred days by senior fellows Yasmin Alem and Barbara Slavin. They were joined in a panel discussion by Hadi Semati, a former professor of political science at the University of Tehran; Greg Thielmann, senior fellow with the Arms Control Association; and Clifford Kupchan, the director of the Eurasia Group. 
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  • Iran's Internal Politics

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    On March 19, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force held a public briefing on the dynamics of Iran's internal politics on March 19. This briefing also marked the release of the Task Force's sixth issue brief, "Iran's Internal Politics: The Supreme Leader Grows Ever Lonelier at the Top" by Yasmin Alem and Barbara Slavin.


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  • Iran's Internal Politics: The Supreme Leader Grows Ever Lonelier at the Top

    With tensions increasing between Iran and the West, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force of the South Asia Center is releasing a new issue brief highlighting growing political turmoil within the country, and recommending steps the United States can take to boost Iranian political rights while containing advances toward nuclear weapons.

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