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The End of the Beginning? The July 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal

The July 2015 Vienna deal revealed the domestic political dynamics that framed Iran’s room for manoeuvre in the negotiations

The provisional agreement reached in Vienna by the P5+1 and Iran on 14 July 2015 has the hallmarks of a significant diplomatic achievement. It will now run the gauntlet of political scrutiny and be tested in implementation. The agreement is a triumph for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Yet, Ali M Ansari argues, Rouhani now faces a domestic challenge no less difficult than the negotiations as he seeks to balance the aims and

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