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.


Hassan Rouhani, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, views economic, political and social issues through a lens of “prudent moderation,” an attitude, Rouhani believes, that has been a key element of Iranians’ progress throughout history. This philosophy, embedded in Islam, frames Iran’s current and long-term outlook. For example, Iran aims to rank among the top 10 global economies by 2044 by applying prudent moderation to its economic, social, domestic and foreign policies. Rouhani considers “constructive engagement” with all nations “that Iran has officially...

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Hassan Rouhani is the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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