The Brookings Essay


Iran Surprises Itself and the World

September 11, 2013, Suzanne Maloney

In a new Brookings essay, Senior Fellow and Iran expert Suzanne Maloney looks back at the extraordinary events of Iran’s 2013 presidential election—the campaign and victory of veteran cleric turned politician Hassan Rouhani—and forward to how he may take his country in a new direction, both internally and externally. Iran and America now have presidents who campaigned on the idea of hope, but as Iran’s nuclear program continues to advance, it will take more than hope to build confidence in each other, Maloney argues.