RFE/RL’s Iran Experts Report On President Rohani’s UN Visit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at U.N.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

As Iran’s President Hassan Rohani presented his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly, RFE/RL and Radio Farda offered insight into the man many believe may be Iran’s great hope for rapprochement with the West.

No one is watching Rohani’s appearance with more interest, expectations, and hope than Iranians themselves and Radio Farda’s Niusha Boghrati live blogged reports from the U.N. (Note: In Persian.)

Rohani may have carried the message of a more flexible Iran, but as Charles Recknagel reports, there are few signs that Tehran is ready for anything other than cautious policy shifts.

On Monday Golnaz Esfandiari spoke about Iran’s foreign policy on “To The Point” with host Warren Olney and guests Dennis Ross of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Marc Lynch of George Washington University and “Foreign Policy” magazine’s Middle East Channel.

For more insight on Iran’s new president and the more moderate domestic and foreign policies he says he wants to pursue, RFE/RL turned to four Iran-watchers for their thoughts on the course the country may follow.

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