A Blog Written By Roozbeh Mirebrahimi
I have been quoted in Friday’s issue of the Wall Street Journal. This is the part of the article that I am in it:
Some Iran observers argue that the secret to the Islamic Republic’s survival has been its flexibility. “At the end of the day, Iran has always shown it is pragmatic and will put regime survival above any other interest,” said Roozbeh Mirebrahimi, a New York-based analyst and historian of Iran.
But if the regime is to maintain its legitimacy and self-understanding, that pragmatism can only extend so far. Iran can sign a deal with the world, and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif can smile and shake the hand of the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. But at the first Friday prayer sermons across the nation after the deal was announced, the chant of “Death to America” was still loud and clear.