Can Rouhani Revitalize Iran's Oil and Gas Industry?
Middle East Brief 80, June 2014
Soon after his victory in the June 2013 election, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that reforming and revitalizing Iran's oil and gas sector would be one of his government’s top priorities. Since then Rouhani and his oil minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh have launched a significant reform program aimed at reversing many of the policies instituted during Ahmadinejad's presidential terms. In this Brief, Prof. Nader Habibi evaluates this reform program by analyzing the developments in Iran's oil sector under Ahmadinejad, providing a detailed account of the reforms proposed and implemented by Rouhani, and ascertaining the possible challenges facing these reforms within the oil ministry and the broader political landscape.