Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, presents a clear message to the World Economic Forum: Iran won’t allow discrimination, violence or terrorism to compromise the nation’s economic, cultural and nuclear ambitions. Despite Rouhani’s peaceful rhetoric, he skirts the issues of Iran’s hostility toward Israel, as well as Iran’s support of Hamas in Palestine, President Bashar al-Assad in Syria and the Houthi tribe in Yemen. Though Iran may have taken a backseat to more pressing issues in the Middle East in recent times, the nation remains a potential political destabilizer. Yet it also holds a key to peace in the region. getAbstract recommends Rouhani’s address, delivered a year before 2015’s historic nuclear deal, to political aficionados and anyone concerned about stability in the Middle East.