Summer 2014 has apparently been a phenomenal time for Iran and its leadership. Over the past few months Lady Luck seems to have been rolling both the political and the financial dice Iran’s way. But everything in the garden is not quite as rosy as it appears.
The good times started in June 2013, with the election of the self-styled “moderate”, Sayyed Hassan Rouhani as president – a candidate blessed, it goes without saying, by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Also blessed, no doubt, was the deliberate change of tactics from the defiant and confrontational stance adopted by ex-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during previous attempts by the UN to induce Iran to control its nuclear program. Now all was to be charm and sweet reason – and immediately after his election, Rouhani made haste to agree to start substantive talks with world leaders about Iran’s nuclear intentions.